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How to Change the Color or Name of a Calendar in macOS

Some folks prepare a more robust calendar app than the Calendar app that comes with macOS. Personally, it serves my needs well and I like the ability make small tweaks such as changing a calendar’s name or color.

To rename a calendar in macOS Monterey:

° Launch the Calendar app.

° Double-click the name of the calendar that you wish to change. Or force-click the name; more on this below. (If you don’t see the calendar’s name, choose View > Show Calendar List.)

° Type a new name for the calendar.

Rename a calendar
Rename a calendar

To change a calendar’s color in macOS Monterey:

° Launch the Calendar app.

° Control-click the name of the calendar that you wish to change. (Again, if you don’t see the calendar’s name, choose View > Show Calendar List.)

° Click to select a preset color, or click Custom Color to select a color from the Colors window.

Change a Calendar color
Change a Calendar color

By the way, you can’t change the color of some calendars, such as the Birthdays calendar. 

By the way, part II, regarding force click: on a Mac with a Force Touch trackpad, you can force click (press firmly on the trackpad until you feel a deeper click) an item to take an action. For example, you can force click a file in the Finder to preview it, or force click a word in a webpage or an app to look up its definition and other information.

Dennis Sellers
the authorDennis Sellers
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Dennis has over 40 years of journalism experience and has written hundreds of articles. For the past 20-plus years, he's been an online journalist, covering mainly Apple Inc. He's written for MacCentral, MacWorld, MacMinute, Macsimum News, Apple Daily Report, and is now contributing editor at Apple World Today.
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