How to Set an Alarm on Your Mac

This minHour teaches you how to set an alarm on your Mac computer using the built-in Calendar app. While there are several alarm apps for the Mac that you can download from the App Store, using the Calendar app is fairly simple and you don't need to waste any hard drive space.


Click the Launchpad app.

It’s the gray rocketship icon located on your Mac’s dock.

Click the Calendar app.

It’s the app that resembles a stack of papers with the current month and day on the top.

Click the Day tab and click a day for your alarm.

Click the “Day” tab at the top of the Calendar window and then click a day from the monthly overview on the right column.

  • The current day will be selected by default.

Right-click the page on the left.

This should be the date you selected.

Click New Event.

It’s located in the popup menu when you right-click.

Type a name for the event.

This goes in the bar that says “New Event” in the right column.

Click the section with the date and time.

Type the time you want the alarm to go off.

Type the time in the line that says “starts:”.

Click the drop-down menu next to “alert:

By default, it will say “None”.

Select “Custom…” in the drop-down menu.

It’s at the bottom of the alert menu.

Click the “Message” drop-down menu.

It’s located at the top of the popup.

Select “Message with sound”.

It’s in the message menu at the top of the popup.

Click the drop-down menu with the speaker icon.

It’s below the message drop-down menu.

Select a tone.

When you select a tone, you will hear a preview of the sound.

Click OK.

Your alarm is now set and will go off at the time and date you specified.

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