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How to share a Hotmail calendar using iCal

To share a Hotmail calendar using iCal, log in to your Hotmail calendar and locate the calendar that you wish to share in your list of calendars. Here, I’m going to share my ‘Work’ calendar. Start by clicking it’s name:


On the next screen, locate and click the ‘Edit Sharing’ link that appears:


On the next screen, check the ‘Send people a view-only link to your calendar’ box and then you can copy and paste the iCal link that you wish to share, based on the details you wish to provide.


There are also links to reset the private URLs if you wish to revoke access to your calendar at any point in the future.



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How to subscribe to an iCal calendar in Hotmail Calendar

To subscribe to an iCal published calendar in Hotmail, first log in to your Hotmail calendar and find the ‘Subscribe’ link near the top:


Clicking that takes you to the next screen, which asks for the iCal URL and a name to give your calendar:


Simply paste your iCal URL into the Calendar URL box, and give it a name. Select the color or charm to your liking, and hit ‘Subscribe to calendar’. Your calendar will appear.


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How to subscribe to an iCal calendar in Google Calendar

If you want to subscribe to an iCal calendar using Google calendar, here’s how you do it.

First, go to your calendars so that you see ‘Other Calendars’ appear at the bottom of the screen. Click the down arrow next to it:


From the menu that appears, click ‘Add by URL’


The following dialog box will open, asking for the URL of your iCal feed.


Note that Google does not handle URLs that begin with webcal:// or webcals:// at all. If you have an iCal URL that begins with one of these, change it as follows:

Change webcal:// to http://

Change webcals:// to https://

Paste your iCal URL inot the box and hit ‘Add Calendar’. The calendar will then appear in your calendar screen.

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How to share a Google Calendar using iCal

Sharing Google calendars between Google users is easy, but what if you want to create and share a Google calendar with someone who doesn’t use Google?

It’s actually not very difficult at all, and I’ll explain how to do it using your calendar’s private link. This will enable your viewer to see all event details, but due to the technical limitation of using iCal, they won’t be able to make any edits. This may be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your specific situation.

So here’s how it works.

First, go to your Google calendar and locate the calendar you wish to share on the left side. In this case, I want to share my ‘work’ calendar. Hover over the calendar name and click the down arrow that appears next to it:


On the menu that appears, click ‘Calendar Settings’:


Scroll down to the bottom to where it says ‘Private Address’


In this case we want the iCal address link. You can either right-click the green iCal button and say ‘Copy Link Location’ (depending on your browser), or click it for a pop-up that gives you the link you can copy and paste, like so:


Now, if you want to ever revoke access to that calendar’s private link at a later date, just use the ‘Reset private URLs’ link which appears next to the private links.

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