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    Big problem with ical events

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    Big problem with ical events
    I have a Mac Air, which I normally really enjoy.

    However, my ical is a mess! After synchronizing various devices and calendars I have ended with a huge number of birthday duplicates. These may range from 10 duplicates to more than 2000 duplicates for one name! As a result, my calendar is extremely slow when moving dates and needless to say that it is not very practical.

    I have tried many methods of deleting the duplicates, mainly manually. Despite the lengthy process of removing them manually, this did not work either. Even if I delete all future events, past events are still there.

    Also:
    - I cannot delete the whole calendar as it has other events on it, which i really need
    - i tried an app for removing duplicates (dupe remover?), with no effect.

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    Big problem with ical events
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    Just uncheck the birthday calendar so that no birthdays appear on your devices.

    Then go in and clean up your calendar sync (using iTunes and/or iCloud)

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    Big problem with ical events

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    Quote Originally Posted by chas_m View Post
    Just uncheck the birthday calendar so that no birthdays appear on your devices.

    Then go in and clean up your calendar sync (using iTunes and/or iCloud)

    As i explained in my previous message, this calendar also has other events except birthdays, which I do not want to delete. Hence, I cannot delete the calendar.

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    Big problem with ical events
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    Nobody said anything about deleting anything.

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    Big problem with ical events

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    You told me to uncheck the birthdays calendar.

    I actually have a calendar which has both birthdays and meetings, appointments etc. If I uncheck the calendar, I will not be able to see the birthdays but also the meetings which I need.

    Let me know if I understand something wrongly or give me more details.

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    Big problem with ical events
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    Separate your calendars. Birthdays. Holidays. Work. Home. Etc.

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    Big problem with ical events

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    You are obviously talking from now onwards. Can I do anything now?

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    Big problem with ical events
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    Don't use iCal myself, but have seen some good recommendations for the following:

    iCal Dupe Deleter | nhoj.co.uk
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