How To: Show/Hide Calendars in Forecast with OmniFocus

The Forecast perspective in OmniFocus is a great way to look at upcoming calendar events at the same time is assessing how far you are progressing with your projects. As well as offering a view of your current and upcoming workload, it’s interactive in that you can drag/drop actions from one due date to another with ease. I will quite often review the Forecast perspective and see that in a few days time, there are several tasks due. A quick mental assessment of my priorities allows me to assign a new date efficiently. 

To allow this to happen, OmniFocus needs access to your Calendars. 

When you first load the application on either macOS or iOSOmniFocus will request permission to access your calendar. If you are like me, you may well have rejected this request until you knew exactly why access was required. If that’s the case, then follow the instructions below:

macOS

Go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy > Calendars. Click the lock to make changes and check the box next to OmniFocus

iOS

Go to Settings > Privacy > Calendars

By default, any calendars that are configured on your iOS device are included in the Forecast View. In the main, this could be OK, however, if you have stuff like Facebook Calendars showing ‘friends’ birthdays and the like, you may not want these on show! Hiding calendars is an easy process.

Mac

  • Go to Forecast View
  • Click on the Eyeball (View Options)
  • You’ll see all of the Calendars that are currently selected. Deselect the ones you wish to hide. 

iPhone

  • Go to Forecast View
  • Swipe down and select View
  • Tap on Calendars
  • Untick the Calendars that you don’t want displayed in your Forecast View

iPad

  • Go to Forecast View
  • Click on the Eyeball (View Options)
  • Tap on Calendars
  • Untick the Calendars that you don’t want displayed in your Forecast View

It’s quick and simple, however I’ve spoken with people who think all calendars have to be on by default, and it isn’t the case.