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How to Add Multiple Alerts to Calendar Events

One of the most useful features in any calendar app is the ability to get notifications about upcoming events. When you're busy, and don't want to be late for an important meeting, you can get an alert 15 minutes beforehand. Or to make sure you don't miss a dentist appointment, set a notification an hour before the appointment. And to plan a dinner date, remind yourself at noon, so you have plenty of time.

Many calendar apps are limited in the number of alerts or reminders you can set, and it can be hard to find the settings for default alerts in some apps. Outlook only lets you set a single alert. Apple Calendar lets you set multiple alerts on the Mac, but on the iPhone and iPad, you can only set two. Google Calendar allows you to set up to five notifications.

Morgen lets you set as many alerts as you want, so, not only will you never miss an event, but you can set alerts to help you prepare for events.

In this guide, we'll show how to set default alerts for new events, and how to set multiple alerts in Morgen.

Before you begin

If you haven't already, install Morgen on your Mac, Linux or Windows PC.

Set alert defaults

You can set default notifications for all new events in Morgen. To do this, choose Morgen > Preferences, click Accounts, click the ... icon next to one of your accounts, then click Notification Settings.

Morgen preferences, setting multiple default alerts per calendar

There are two options: Timed Event and All-Day Event. Start by clicking + next to Timed Event. This adds a notification 30 minutes before the event starts. You can change this time: type a different value in the field where you see 30, or, to change the unit value, click the down arrow and choose hours, days, or weeks.

Morgen, configuring default event notifications for timed and all-day events

Morgen will use this default setting for all timed events of that specific calendar.

Do the same for All-Day Events: click + and choose when you want to be alerted. By default, this is set at 1 day before, but you can change this, as above.

If you want to add multiple default notifications, click the + icon next to either Timed Events or All-Day Events and add another alert. For example, you could have all-day event notifications 1 day before, as well as 1 hour before, so you get an alert first thing in the morning on the day of the event.

💡 Pro tip: Morgen lets you configure default alerts per calendar. You can easily configure default alerts in a Birthdays calendar to remind you one week before, one day before, and on the day. At the same time, you can default to less aggressive notifications in your other calendars.

Add multiple alerts to events

Now that you've got the defaults set up, all future events will use the notification settings you've applied. But with Morgen, you can go further: you can add multiple alerts to any events.

In your calendar, double click an event, then click its alert setting. In this example, a notification will alert you 30 minutes before the event starts.

Morgen, adding multiple alerts to a calendar event.

Click the + icon next to Add an Alert to add another alert. By default, Morgen adds another alert 1 hour before the event. Click + again, and Morgen adds another alert 2 hours before the event; each new alert is twice the time of the previous one.

You can change these alerts, as you saw above, choosing minutes, hours, days, or weeks, and changing the value. It can be useful, for example, to set one alert one day before an important meeting, another a couple of hours before, then another 15 minutes before it starts. For all-day events, you may want to get a notification a few days before, especially if you need to prepare for the event.

You can add as many alerts as you want to any event, and you can easily delete any alert by clicking the red trash icon next to it.

When you've finished, click Save.

That's it. Take control of your calendar with multiple alerts, to ensure not only that you don't miss events, but so you have time to prepare for them. With Morgen, it's simple.


Kirk McElhearn