Tags are user-defined labels with which you can categorize and color events in BusyCal. You can also search and filter events in your calendar based on tags.
NOTE: Some images in our online documentation may appear outdated as BusyCal continues to evolve over time. However, the core functionality mentioned in the documentation still applies.
Note: Tags in BusyCal map to Categories in Exchange/Outlook.
Also See: Automatic Tagging
To apply tags to events, type them in the Tags field. When adding tags to an event, the tags are auto-completed as you type, based on tags you have entered previously. TIP: Entering a hex color code in the tags field automatically turns it into a colored tag.
Note: To see the Tags field on the Info Panel, you must enable it in Info Panel Preferences.
You can also apply tags to an event by Control-clicking an event and choosing a tag from the contextual menu.
BusyCal automatically remembers tags as you create them and adds them to the Tag History. Choose Edit > Edit Tags to open the Tag History dialog, where you can add, delete, rename, and colorize tags.
Note: Deleting or renaming a tag in the Tag History dialog does not affect any events that already have that tag applied. However, changing the color of a tag does affect all events with that tag.
You can use tags to color events. For example, you can have an “Important” tag that is colored red, and a “Family” tag that is colored green.
Normally, events appear in the same color as the calendar they’re stored on. But you can override the event color by adding a colored tag to an event. If you add multiple colored tags to an event, the color of the first tag, sorted alphabetically, is applied.
In BusyCal 2022.3.1 and above, items can also be colored using the new Color property.
This property is automatically synced with the Tags property and behaves as a shortcut. You can use the drop-down to quickly switch between colors. Custom colors can also be assigned as hex-codes.
NOTE: Event colors from Google Calendar now sync directly with this new property.
Due to technical limitations, your Tag List will not sync between devices (i.e. from one installation of BusyCal to another). However, tags that you assign to an event will in fact sync along with that event. These tags will be visible and editable on another device running BusyCal.
Tag Colors however are assigned and stored locally, and so will not sync across devices.