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How to set the default Vivaldi calendar for write access

Jack Wallen finds out why Vivaldi 4.0 caused him email problems and how to make the calendar work for him. Read on to find out what happened and how to work around the issues it encountered.

Recently, I wrote about my first experience with the Vivaldi 4.0 browser (read: Vivaldi is heading back to the future with messaging and calendaring features), an experience that was not as positive as I would have thought. I have always been impressed with Vivaldi; i5t is a web browser with a team of developers who really listen to their users and produce a high quality product.

Shortly after this article was published, Vivaldi contacted me, concerned about what I had been through. The big problem was that there was a problem with the email client and the calendar seemed to only offer read access to Google. This isn’t exactly ideal, especially when you’re constantly on the go with your laptop, trying to keep track of your scheduled meetings and stay on top of your inbox.

It turns out that Vivaldi’s update process was at the heart of the email issues. After a full purge and reinstallation (also having to delete the ~ / .config / vivaldi directory), Vivaldi successfully presented the configured email account. In fact, the Vivaldi email client (once it’s working properly) is pretty good, although I’ll be sticking with Thunderbird for now. All of my IMAP folders finally appeared and the inbox only showed the unread email. I could go to All messages to view all.

What about this timing problem? Can I create events for a connected Google calendar? It turns out you can. While configuring Vivalidi’s calendar to fix this seems straightforward, it’s a bit of a hidden feature. It’s also made a bit more confusing by a limited Quick Add feature, which can only be used for the Default Calendar.

It is a sad reality for those who depend on multiple calendars. For those who tend to work with a single timeline, Vivaldi’s foray into this space is pretty solid. The question is: how do you set this default Google calendar and write events to that calendar? You can’t do this during setup, so there has to be a way, right? There are. Let me show you how.

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What you will need

For this to work, you need to install Vivaldi 4.0 and connect it to your Google Calendar.

How to set the default calendar

Open Vivaldi, then go to the Calendar feature, where you should see the New Event, New Task, and Calendars buttons near the top left corner (Figure A).

Figure A

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The interface of the Vivaldi calendar is simple to use.

Click the Calendars button to display a drop-down list of each calendar that you have associated with Vivaldi. If you’re like me and have connected Google Calendar, this list can be quite long. At the bottom of this list, you will see an entry for the default calendar (Number B).

Number B

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The drop-down list of calendars related to Vivaldi shows all the calendars I have on Google (which is embarrassingly long).

Click Default Calendar to reveal (once again) this long list of calendars (Figure C).

Figure C

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The list of possible default calendars is displayed.

From this new list, select the calendar you want to use as the default. Once you’ve set that, go back to the Vivaldi Calendar and create a new event. If you have already done so, you know that you cannot select the calendar in which the new event is saved. You have a choice and this is the default, which is why you need to set your default Google calendar. Add a new event and you will see it automatically and very quickly sync with your Google calendar.

However, there is a better way. For those working with multiple calendars, you’re going to want to completely ignore the New Event button and, instead, click on the location (day and time) in the calendar that will house the new event. When you create an event this way, you have the option of selecting which calendar to use (Number D).

Number D

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There is a way to make this work for you, via the add detailed event option.

When you add an event this way, you can select the location of the event from the calendar drop-down list. If you are working with multiple calendars, this is the route you should always go, unless you set the default calendar you rely on the most.

Vivaldi developers should consider adding the calendar selection dropdown to the quick add feature. Until then, remember to always add your events taking the longer route and you should be good to go.

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