Tip 322: Imported Appointments are 'Busy'

In a long ago tip, I explained how to create a count down calendar – but when it's imported, the events are shown as busy in the calendar. A reader asks "Can that be changed so I am shown as 'available'?"

Of course, and you have two ways you can do it.

The first: the easiest for 'after the fact' changes is to group by the Show time as field and drag the newly imported items from the Busy to Available group.  If you also add the Created or modified date field to the view you can sort by the modified field, making it easier to see the newly imported items.

If you are preparing the items to import, you can add a Show time as field and set the field as Free. (Adding a Category field is also helpful, especially if you make a mistake and need to delete them – you can group by category then delete.)

The Show time as field uses numbers to represent the availability
options:
0 = Free
1 = Tentative
2 = Busy

So… create the showtimeas field (if you don't use spaces it should map to the field automatically) and enter 0 for each record so it's created as Free.

Tip 237: Countdown appointments – Create a series of appointments in Excel and import

Tip 1: Changing Values by dragging between groups – Quickly change values of some fields using a Group by view

Published Dec 13 2005