Creating New Calendars

Using Thunderbird and Lightning it's possible to have multiple calendars. You can create these in Calendar Mode or in Task Mode.

Creating a new calendar

  1. Right-clickHold down the Ctrl key while you click in the calendar list on the left side of the screen.
  2. Choose New Calendar… from the dropdown menu.

Next, you get to choose whether you want to create the calendar "on your computer" or "on the network".

On your computer - local calendars

When choosing "On my computer", you can only use the calendar on the computer you're working at. All the data is stored inside an internal database (the sqlite file storage.sdb in your Thunderbird profile).

  1. Choose On my computer and click NextContinue.
  2. Next, choose which name and color your calendar should have, and click NextContinue.
  3. You'll get a confirmation that your calendar has been created. Click FinishDone.

On the Network

When choosing "On the Network", your files can reside on general webservers (read-only), on WebDAV servers, on specialized CalDAV or WCAP servers, on the local filesystem or a network share, on FTP servers, or you could use your Google calendars.

  1. Choose On the Network and click NextContinue.

Next, you have to choose a format of your new calendar as follows.

Google calendar

  1. Choose iCalendar (ICS).
  2. Go to your Google calendar on the browser, click the arrow next to the name of the calendar you wish to subscribe to and click on Calendar settings.
  3. In the Calendar Address section, click the green button labeled ICAL.
  4. Select and copy the link that appears in the pop-up window.
  5. Paste this link in the Location field of the Create new Calendar dialog box.
  6. Click NextContinue and follow the rest of the setup assistant's instructions.

iCalendar (ICS)

You're able to subscribe to calendars provided by third parties, mostly in ics format. These are almost always read-only; you won't be able to change anything for the calendars. An example of this kind of calendar are the holiday calendars provided by Mozilla.

  1. Choose iCalendar (ICS).
  2. Enter the URL in the Location field and click NextContinue.
  3. Choose the name and color for the calendar you just added.
  4. If you also check the Offline Support option, you can use your calendar when you are offline.
  5. Click NextContinue.
  6. You'll get a confirmation that your calendar has been created. Click FinishDone.

CalDAV

  1. Choose CalDAV.
  2. Enter the URL in the Location field and click NextContinue.
  3. Choose the name and color for the calendar you just added.
  4. If you also check the Offline Support option, you can use your calendar when you are offline.
  5. Click NextContinue.
  6. You'll get a confirmation that your calendar has been created. Click FinishDone.

Sun Java System Calendar Server (WCAP)

  1. Choose Sun Java System Calendar Server (WCAP).
  2. Enter the URL in the Location field and click NextContinue.
  3. Choose the name and color for the calendar you just added.
  4. If you also check the Offline Support option, you can use your calendar when you are offline.
  5. Click NextContinue.
  6. You'll get a confirmation that your calendar has been created. Click FinishDone.

Google Calendar

Note: In order to add a Google Calendar using this method, which allows you to have both read and write access, you need to install the Provider for Google Calendar add-on first. If you only need read access, follow the instructions in the Using Lightning with Google Calendar article instead.
  1. Choose Google Calendar.
  2. Click NextContinue.
  3. Enter your Google email address and click NextContinue.
  4. If prompted, enter your Gmail account details and allow the Provider for Google Calendar add-on to manage your calendars.
  5. Choose the calendars you want to use in Thunderbird.
  6. Click NextContinue.
  7. You'll get a confirmation that your calendar has been created. Click FinishDone.

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