Creating New Calendars

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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

  • Right-clickHold down the Ctrl key while you click in the calendar list
  • 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).

  • Choose On my computer and click NextContinue
  • Next, choose which name and color your calendar should have, and click NextContinue
  • You'll get a confirmation that your calendar is created. Click Finish.

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.

  • Choose On the Network and click NextContinue

Next you have to choose a format of your new calendar

Google calendar

  • Choose iCalendar (ICS)
  • 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 setting.
  • In the Calendar Address section, click the green button labeled ICAL.
  • Select and copy the link that appears in the pop-up window.
  • Paste this link in the open Create a new Calendar dialog box
  • 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're not able to change anything for the calendars. An example of this kind of calendar are the holiday calendars provided by Mozilla.

  • Choose iCalendar (ICS)
  • Enter the url in the Location field and click NextContinue
  • Choose the name and color for the calendar you just added
  • If you choose also an option Offline Support, you can use your calendar when you are offline
  • Click NextContinue
  • You'll get a confirmation that your calendar is created. Click Finish.

CalDAV

  • Choose CalDAV
  • Enter the url in the Location field and click NextContinue
  • Choose the name and color for the calendar you just added
  • If you choose also an option Offline Support, you can use your calendar when you are offline
  • Click NextContinue
  • You'll get a confirmation that your calendar is created. Click Finish.

Sun Java System Calendar Server (WCAP)

  • Choose Sun Java System Calendar Server (WCAP)
  • Enter the url in the Location field and click NextContinue
  • Choose the name and color for the calendar you just added
  • If you choose also an option Offline Support, you can use your calendar when you are offline
  • Click NextContinue
  • You'll get a confirmation that your calendar is created. Click Finish.

Google Calendar

  • Choose Google Calendar
  • Click NextContinue
  • Enter your Google email address and click NextContinue
  • Choose the calendars you want to use in Thunderbird
  • Click NextContinue
  • You'll get a confirmation that your calendar is created. Click Finish.