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If I try to delete an event on iCal, it offers me these options:

  • Cancel
  • Delete and Notify

What if I want to delete without notifying?

I'm running iCal 5.0.2 on OS X 10.7.3 using an Exchange account.

Edit: Using an Exchange account.

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4 Answers 4

You can move the event to a local calendar. When deleting you will then get the additional option "Delete & do not notify".

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Moving to a local calendar as outlined in Matteos answer has several issues: a) it's not an option if you're using iCloud (as that'll disallow local calendars) b) in Mavericks, although the option to "Delete & do not notify", the notification is sent nevertheless! – user959380 Jun 19 '14 at 1:10
@user959380 The answer is from 2013 and it was possible :-) You could have iCloud calendars and local calendars. – Matteo Jun 19 '14 at 6:19

In the end, I created a new calendar specifically to move event invites to, which I don't want to see anymore. Then I hide that calendar.

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If you use iCloud the Calendar App will not allow you to create local calendars. The following answer helps.

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A couple of years ago I wrote a script to do this. It's all at

The gist of it is the script will automatically alter an AppleScript inside the iCal package. It does not effect the code signing. The script also has a method of reverting itself. You'll likely have to install the changes each time iCal is updated.

NB: It won't work with Exchange accounts.

The zip file has the install bash script, a modified and an unmodified AppleScript.

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Thanks! Sadly, I use an Exchange account. – dfrankow May 11 '12 at 12:50

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