How to Create an Event with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3’s S Planner App

By Dan Gookin

The key to making the S Planner app on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 work is to add events: appointments, things to do, meetings, or full-day events such as birthdays and lobotomies. To create a new event, follow these steps:

  1. Touch the Add Event button.

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    The location of the add events button is the same no matter which way you’re viewing the calendar. Well, unless you hold the phone horizontally, in which case you must touch the New button.

  2. Ensure that the Add Event tab is chosen.

    If not, you’re creating a new task, which isn’t a time-specific event.

  3. Type the event name.

    For example, type Colonoscopy.

  4. Set the event’s starting date and time and then the ending date and time.

    If the event lasts all day, such as when your in-laws visit you for an hour, place a green check mark in the All Day box.

  5. Choose the calendar.

    Calendars are a way to organize events by color, or to associate an event with a specific online account. If you’re unsure, choose your Gmail account from the Calendar menu.

  6. If the event repeats, such as a regular meeting or appointment, touch the Repeat item to specify how and when the event reoccurs.

  7. Set the location.

    For the location, type a search item similar to one you’d type when searching for an address using the Maps app. If you have the full address, type it in, but often just a street address and zip code work.

  8. Fill in other fields to further describe the event.

    A good item to set is the event reminder. That way, the phone signals you for an impending date or appointment.

  9. Touch the Save button to create the new event.

    To change an event after it’s been created, display its details and touch the Edit icon.

To remove an event, display its details and press the Menu button. Choose the Delete command, and then touch the OK button to confirm.

When an event’s day and time arrive, and as long as you’ve set an event reminder (refer to Step 8), an Event Reminder notification appears, similar to the one shown in the margin. You might also receive a Gmail notification, depending on how you chose to be reminded when the event was created.

  • You can change an event at any time: Simply touch the event to bring up more information, and then touch the Edit icon to make modifications.

  • Calendar categories are handy because they let you organize and color-code your events. They can be confusing because Google calls them calendars.

  • Try to avoid using the my Calendar category for your events. Those events appear on your phone, but they aren’t shared with your Google account.

  • If you use a Microsoft Exchange Server account, choose that account to coordinate the event with other devices that also access the account.

  • My advice is to type location information for an event as though you’re typing a search query for the Maps app. When the event is displayed, the location becomes a link; touch the link to see where you need to go on the map.

  • When the event lasts all day, such as a birthday or your mother-in-law’s visit that was supposed to last for an hour, touch the All Day box to add a check mark.

  • When you have events that repeat twice a month (say, on the first and third Mondays), you need to create two separate events — one for the first Monday and another for the third. Then have each event repeat monthly.

  • You can set additional reminders by touching the green Plus icon by the Reminder heading.

  • To remove an event, touch the event to display the details. Press the Menu button and choose the Delete command. Touch the OK button to confirm. When deleting repeating events, you need to specify whether all events are being removed or only the one.

  • It’s necessary to set an event’s time zone only when that event takes place in another time zone or when an event spans time zones, such as an airline flight. In that case, the Calendar app automatically adjusts the starting and stopping times for events, depending on where you are.

  • If you forget to set the time zone and you end up hopping around the world, your events are set according to the time zone in which they were created, not the local time.