Creating a new event or task

This article describes how to create a new event or task in Lightning on Thunderbird.

Creating a new event

Creating an event is easy. Simply do one of the following things:

  • Click the File menu at the top of the Thunderbird window, select the New submenu and select Event.
  • Press the Shortcut Ctrl + I.
  • Click the New event button in the Today pane.
  • Double-click on Today, Tomorrow or Soon in the events overview of the Today pane.

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In both Calendar Mode and Event Mode you can use the above methods but you can also use the dedicated New Event button in the "Calendar Toolbar":

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In this window you can set the details of the event. Here's a description of all the possible values:

  • Title: The name of the event. This is what you will see when you first glance at the calendar
  • Location: Where the event will be taking place
  • Category: What type of event is it?
  • Calendar: Which calendar would you like to store the event in (see Creating new calendars)
  • Start and End: Choose the time the event begins, and the time that it ends
  • Repeat: If this event will happen again, check this box (see Creating a recurring event)
  • Reminder: Will pop up with an alarm at a specified time before the event.
  • Description: A brief summary/list of the event

By default event are assumed to have a start and end date and time.

You can set these dates and times by entering them via the keyboard in the respective field or by clicking on the drop-down arrow in that same field. You will then be presented with the following selection options:

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When changing the start date, the end date will automatically be set to the same date.

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You select a time by first selecting the hours and then the minutes. The window will close automatically after selecting the minutes.

If you want to use a time that is not shown, you can extend the selections by clicking on the >> button at the bottom right.

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If the event does not have a start or end time you can select the All day event tick-box after which the start and end time will be greyed out.

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Creating a new task

To create a task follow one of these steps:

  • Click the File menu at the top of the Thunderbird window, select the New submenu and select Task.
  • Press the Shortcut Ctrl + D.
  • Click the New task button in the Today pane.


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