How to Create ICS Calendars

You've gotten organized with your computerized calendars and now it's time to share those events or import them into a different program. iCalendar is a file format that allows users to share and back up calendars, and to import calendars to new programs using the .ics file format. The .ics file format is supported by a number of popular calendar, email and business-related software products.

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ICS files let you share or back up your calendar.

Export the .ics File

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Find the "Export" option on the calendar you are using. If you are using a software-based program, this option is typically found in the "File" or program specific drop-down menu. If you're using an Internet-based program, this option is typically found in "Settings."

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Select the "Export" option and specify the .ics file extension (if given an option).

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Decide where to back up the file. The "Export" option will ask where you want to save the .ics file. Depending on how you will use it, you might save the file in your "Documents" folder on the desktop.

Import the .ics File

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Decide what you would like to do with your newly exported .ics file. You can send or share your calendars, back them up or import them into other programs using the .ics file format.

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Attach the .ics file to an email in order to share the calendar with others.

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Save the file to the documents folder, online storage or an external drive to back up the calendar files.

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Import the file into a new program by locating the "Import" option on the calendar you are using. The "Import" option is typically found in the same location as the "Export" option.