Active Desktop Calendar Workspace
Layers (Ctrl-L): Opens the dialog for managing data layers. See more details here.
Backup: Opens the
dialog with options
for backing up data. The program keeps all its settings and data in a
single database file. To backup that database file it is recommended
that you let the program do that automatically. The default folder the
program will use to save backup copies of its database file is the
Of course, you can change the backup folder and in that case the program will automatically transfer all backup copies to a new location. There is also an option to revert back to the default backup folder.
You can choose how many backup copies the program should keep for you. One is the minimum and nine the maximum with older backup copies removed automatically to make place for new ones. Finally, you can also force saving a backup copy at any moment by clicking Save Backup Now.
Restore: Opens the
dialog with options
for restoring data from a backup file. It is a fairly simple operation.
First you open the backup file by clicking the Open Backup File button
(by default the program will open the same folder where automatic
backups are saved). After opening the backup file you will see some
basic information about its contents. Then you choose what to restore
from that file. Three options are offered there: "Restore Data +
Settings", "Restore Data" and "Restore Settings". Finally you click on
Restore button to complete the process. The program will close down by
itself at that point so you will have to start it again. This is normal
as restoring of data and/or settings actually takes place on the
Export: Allows you to export your Notes, Tasks, Alarms and calendar icons within a time frame you specify. Please note that when you use exporting from this menu then the program will automatically export data from all enabled layers to the same file. If you want to export data from one particular layer then go to the layers dialog, select that layer and click Export layer data (exporting from layers dialog also works when you make multiple layer selection).
Note: You can choose between three file formats
here. One is Active Desktop Calendar's proprietary .ADC format and the
other two are well-known iCal and comma separated values .CSV (Windows)
supported by many programs.
Import Calendar File: When importing select a data file that you want to import, click Open, adjust importing options if necessary and click Finish. By default the program will import all types of data from a file to a new layer. If you want to import data to an existing layer then switch to "Import to existing layer" option, choose the target layer and tell the program what to do in case of duplicates. Importing option currently recognizes the program's own data formats, .ADC that you get by exporting and .ADX that is the internal data layer file format, plus the iCal and comma separated values .CSV (Windows) formats.
Note (CSV): If you want to import data from a CSV
please note that it has to be formatted in the same way as a CSV file
exported from the program. That means it has to have the leading row
with data field names in the same order. Export a CSV file to check how
exactly it should look like and here is a single note example:
Import Contacts: To import contacts simply select external data source you want to import contacts from and click Import Contacts. The program will do the rest automatically.
Note (Outlook): For successful import from Outlook
it is essential that you do the following. Before clicking Import
Contacts button make sure Outlook is started. After clicking Import
Contacts switch temporarily to Outlook and allow access to its
contacts, then go back to the program.
Add Holidays: Use this option to import holidays for different countries. You can select any number of countries from the list of 22 available countries around the world. To achieve multiple selection simply click country-by-country and if you make a mistake with selection click the selected country again to unselect. At the end click Import Selected Calendars to complete the process.
Note: Each calendar with holidays is
added as a
separate data layer so it can also be removed easily through the Layers
Print All Contacts: Use this option to print out all your contacts (to print out a single contact go to Contacts View, right click on that contact and choose Print contact option). See more details here.
Print Notes/Tasks: Use this option to print out notes and/or tasks as a list. See more details here.
Program Settings (Ctrl+S): Opens the Settings panel.
Exit Program: Exits the program.
Notes Month View (Ctrl+N): Switches the workspace to Notes Month view.
Notes Week View (Ctrl+7): Opens Notes Week View that shows calendar details for seven days in a row. The view is similar to Notes Day View (see below for details). You can access it from the main Notes Month View by clicking the WEEK button in the calendar navigation block. The Notes Week View option is also available in the cell context menu and as a keyboard shortcut by pressing Ctrl-7. Please note that you will need horizontal screen resolution of at least 1280 pixels to use the Notes Week View effectively. It simply has to be that wide to accomodate data for seven days.
Notes 5-Days View (Ctrl+5): Opens Notes Week View with 5-days checkbox enabled so it shows calendar details for five days in a row instead of seven. You can access it from the main Notes Month View by clicking the 5-D button in the calendar navigation block. The Notes 5-Days View option is also available in the cell context menu and as a keyboard shortcut by pressing Ctrl-5.
Notes Day View (Ctrl+1): Opens Notes Day View that shows calendar details for the currently selected date. The view lists all your daily notes with both their subjects in bold letters and bodies as normal text using the same font parameters you have for the Notes/Tasks Bar on the desktop. If there is an icon attached to a note then it appears to the left of the time frame column together with icons that are marking an enabled alarm and recurrence pattern for that note. Attached date icons will show up in the top left corner.
You can use navigation arrows to browse the calendar day-by-day without leaving the view or click New Note to create a new note for the currently selected date. The Day View displays free-time slots in the list if that option is enabled. There are actually five checkboxes that allow you to enable or disable various elements in the list of notes in the view. Those elements are note subject, note text (body), all-day events, alarms and free-time slots. By default the view shows notes from all enabled data layers, but you can also select one layer to get a filtered list showing only notes that belong to that selected layer.
Tasks View (Ctrl+T): Switches the workspace to Tasks view.
Contacts View (Ctrl+O): Switches the workspace to Contacts view.
Desktop Pictures (Ctrl+D): This option allows you to add some of your pictures to the desktop on top of the background picture you may already have. See more details here.
Enable Notes View Tooltips (Ctrl+W): Use this option to enable or disable tooltips that show complete subject/text of a note when mouse pointer is kept over it for a short while.
Hide Shortcuts Bar: Use this option to hide or show the Shortcuts Bar. When the Shortcuts Bar is hidden you can access all its options either through the View menu (Notes Month View, Tasks View, Contacts View, Desktop Pictures) or through the Data menu (Layers, Print Calendar).
Hide Toolbar: Use this option to hide or show the Toolbar. When the Toolbar is hidden you can access all its options through the Notes menu for notes options, Tasks menu for tasks options, Data menu to print the calendar and Help menu to access help files.
Show Month/Week/5-Days/Day View on Start: With one of these options enabled the program will bring up the respective Notes View automatically each time it starts.
New Note: Opens a dialog for adding a new note. See more details here.
New Alarm: Opens a dialog for adding a new alarm.
Copy Note to Task: Choose this option to quickly make a new task from a selected note.
Find (Ctrl+F): Performs a search through all notes text. Search is case insensitive.
Find Next (F3): Repeats the last successful Find action.
Go To Date (Ctrl+G): Automatically positions your Notes view to a specified date.
Jump Through Time: Allows you to go forward or backward through time for the specified number of days or weeks. If using the "days" option then you can also choose to include the start date in count which means one day less compared to the usual practice (i.e. 7th day after a Saturday would not be Saturday, but Friday).
Calculate Days Between: Allows you to find out how many days there are between two given dates. You can choose the calculation that includes or excludes end date from the count. The result includes the information about the number of weeks and how many working days (Mon-Fri) and weekend days (Sat-Sun) exist in the selected period.
Attach Date Icon: Attaches icon of choice to selected date in the calendar. That icon will appear instead of regular date icon if calendar is set to be shown as icons on desktop.
Remove Date Icon: Removes previously attached icon of selected date. Regular date icon will be shown on desktop.
Edit: Edits selected note. If note selected for editing is an instance of repeating note you will be prompted to decide whether the original note and all of its instances should actually be edited or not. Editing just one instance of a repeating note is not possible.
Delete (Del): Deletes selected note. If note selected for deletion is an instance of repeating note you will be prompted to decide whether the original note and all of its instances should actually be deleted or not. Deleting just one instance of a repeating note is not possible.
Help (F1): Opens the help file.
Data Integration Wizard: Launches a wizard that helps new users transfer the information they already have in other programs into Active Desktop Calendar. Supported external data sources are MIcrosoft Outlook (appointments, tasks, contacts), Google Calendar, Microsoft Outlook Express (contacts) and Windows Address Book.
Desktop Layout Picker: Opens a dialog box that allows you to quickly change calendar appearance on the desktop. Use this as a starting point to find a layout that you like the best and then fine tune it through the program's settings.
Registration: Use this option to enter your registration data. When the registration dialog shows up type in your name and registration code and click Register. While typing the code pay attention to typw all 17 symbols without mistakes.
View Errors Log: The program keeps track of important events regarding access to network data layers. Informations about lost connection with a layer file and successful reconnection are all written to a text log file that you can open in Notepad with this command.
Clear Errors Log: Use this command to clear the log file for network layers access.
Contact Technical Support: You can use this option to contact XemiComputers technical support with any questions you may have about the program.
Visit Program Homepage: Takes you directly to Active Desktop Calendar homepage.
About Active Desktop Calendar: Displays some basic information about the program.
Tell a friend: If you want to spread a word about this program "Tell a friend" option is there to help you. It will open new email message in your default email client and set it with some basic information and a link to the program's homepage.
Opens the dialog for managing data layers. See more details here.
Switches the Active Desktop Calendar workspace to Notes/Alarms view.
Switches the Active Desktop Calendar workspace to Tasks view.
Switches the Active Desktop Calendar workspace to Contacts view.
This option allows you to add some of your pictures to the desktop on top of the background picture you may already have. See more details here.
Opens the Settings panel.