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This article is here to explain how to add a Calendar Block to your DAKboard Screen. We will cover the difference between adding a Calendar Block to a Predefined Screen or your Custom Screen. Check out the How To articles in our support article section called Calendars to see how to add specific Calendar Accounts to your DAKboard once your Calendar Blocks are enabled.


Predefined Screen:

The Predefined Screen is available to use with your Free, Essential, or Plus Subscription plans. Adding a Calendar to this requires you to use the Predefined Screen Editor on your accounts Screens page. 


Log into your account, click the Screens tab on the left side of your main page, then click on the Predefined Screen to open the editor:



Click on the Calendars tab, and toggle the Calendar Enable to enable the Calendar Block, then click Save Changes before you leave this tab. See below:




You will now see a new Calendar tab in your Screen editor:



Check out our guides to adding all of our supported calendar accounts.


Custom Screens:


Custom Screens available on all Paid Subscription Plans, are different than your Predefined Screen. With Custom Screens you can add blocks, place them where you want, size them how you want, and even add as many copies of the block to the screen as you want. You control how you make the screen look and function. This means if you want multiple calendars on a single screen you can do this.


Start by opening or adding a Custom Screen on your Screens page. All accounts, including the Free Account, will have one Custom Screen already called My Custom Screen. On the Free account, you can explore what can be set up on a Custom Screen but you cannot use this screen. With your Paid Subscriptions you can use this screen or add another to get started. See below:



Once in the Screen Editor, click the Add A Block button in the upper right corner, then select Calendars on the left or search for the type the calendar source you would like to use:



Size the Calendar block in your Screen Editor, then click the Edit Button in the upper left corner to open the Block Editor.  Search and add your desired calendar source:



Check out our guides to adding all of our supported calendar types.


Both the Predefined and Custom Screen Calendar blocks can be customized using their Settings. The Predefined has limited modifications while the Custom Screens have all the Modifications available at all Paid Subscription levels. Check out our articles Calendar Layouts and Settings and Content Scheduling to learn more about these options and tabs.


Navigating the New Calendar Interface:


With our latest update to our Custom Screen's Calendar Blocks, you may have noticed a change. We have now made it easier to add, disable, and remove calendars in your block. We have also supplied a large number of preloaded Calendars that do not require you to link your account. These new calendars can be found under the Popular Calendars and Other dropdown menus. The GIFs below will show you how to add a calendar and disable or remove a calendar.


Add a Calendar:


To add a calendar simply click the Dropdown menu in the Add Calendars section and select one of the calendar options. This will move that calendar or the space to add the ICS/iCal calendar link into the My Calendars section which will display the calendar on your Screen and Display.



Disable or Remove a Calendar:

To Disable the calendar simply uncheck it, and to remove it click the Minus symbol at the end of the calendar and select delete. Deleting the calendar will not remove your Authentication for your Google or Microsoft calendars, it will just move the calendar back to the Add Calendars section. Deleting an ICS/iCal file will remove the calendar completely.



Troubleshooting:

Below are some of the more common questions we are asked and how to correct these issues when you see them:


  • Screen or Display shows "No Calendar URLs Defined": This message only happens when you either did not save your changes to apply the new calendar you added to your screen or if your Calendar URL's authentication has been removed and needs to be reset. Go back to your screen editor, open your Calendar Block editor or tab, and make sure your Calendar has been added to the My Calendars section of the block editor, or you have it selected in the Connected Calendar section of the Predefined screen. Once the calendars are selected make sure to save your changes. If the calendar is already selected you may need to reauthorize your account. If you are using a Google or Microsoft calendar, use our article Remove or Reauthorizing External Apps to reauthorize your account. If you are using ICS/iCal calendars like Apple, Cozi, Yahoo, or others that we support, see the corresponding article in the Calendars Support Article section to see how to recreate your ICS/iCal link.
  • Calendar Loading: If you see the Calendar Loading... message and it fails to go away, this could be a sign of a network connection issue or a weak WiFi signal at your DAKboard. Though other devices in your home may still be connected to your WiFi and able to access the internet, your DAKboard OS device may not. You can see your display's Last Connect time and WiFI signal strength by going to your Displays & Devices tab, clicking the three dots to the right of the display, and opening the Settings tab. For the Last Connect time, Any DAKboard OS device reporting less than 6 hours is considered connected, over 6 hours and your display is no longer connected to your account. Rebooting it should resolve the issue. To check your WiFi signal strength, mouse over the WiFi symbol, a value between 0 and -67 dBm is considered good with values closer to 0 being better. If you are at or above -50 dBm, you may start experiencing loading or connection issues. See our article Trouble Connecting To A WiFi Network for details on how to improve network connectivity.
  • Calendar Load a Blank Space: This most commonly occurs when using the Agenda or Up-Next style calendars. These calendars load events differently and when connected to extremely busy calendars, can lead to the calendars timing out before the load completes. To learn more about how these calendar types differ, see our article Calendar Layouts and Settings. To get around this, try adding the Show Every Day option in the Calendar Block settings. This will then only load the events up to the selected number of days, rather than loading a full 90 days worth of events.