UCS Tip – Importing / Exporting Your iCal Calendar

In this tip for using the University Collaboration Suite (UCS), we will show you how to import/export your calendars in the iCalendar .ics format. This can be useful if you register for a webinar or conference, and the website provides an .ics file that you can download to add the appointment to your calendar. Or, if you wish to export your UCS calendar and import it into another calendaring system.

You can import iCalendars (iCal) calendars that are saved in the .ics format or you can export your calendars and save the file in the iCalendar .ics format. iCalendars are the standard for calendar data exchange over the Internet, and .ics is the standard format for iCalendar information.

You can import your iCal calendar to an existing calendar or create a new calendar and import the .ics file to it:

  1. In UCS, go to Preferences > Import / Export.
  2. In the Import section File field, browse your local file system to locate the calendar .ics file to import.
  3. Select the destination for this file. Select an existing calendar or create a calendar to import the file. Click OK.
  4. Click Import.
  5. Click OK.

iCal calendars are updated periodically according to the remote calendar polling intervals set by the system administrator.

To export a calendar:

  1. In UCS, go to Preferences > Import / Export.
  2. In Export, select the Type as Calendar.
  3. From the Source field select the calendar to export. Click OK.
  4. Click Export.
  5. In the dialog that opens, select Save File and select where to save the file on your local file system. Click OK.

The calendar is saved as an .ics file that can be imported into any calendar application that supports .ics.

We hope you found this tip helpful! Stay tuned for our next tip on using UCS. If you have an idea for a tip on using UCS, please feel free to e-mail the AIS Webmaster.