Link a Gmail message to a Google Calendar Event

One of my biggest issues when moving from Outlook to Gmail was that Gmail wasn’t able to auto-magically create an event on my Google calendar that had a live link back to the original email. Often, emails are the source of an event added to your calendar and having a quick link makes life so much easier!

Used to be, (and this still does happen when the date is not spelled out in the email content) that if you wanted to create an event on your Google calendar from a Gmail message, you had to click more, then create event to ad a calendar event from an email.

gmail to google calendarAnd then the event was created, but only with the email text in the description section of the event instead of a live link back to the original email thread (also any links in the email became inactive and attachments were not included.)

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But today, I noticed for the first time, that if you have an actual date typed in the email (always a good practice for clarity-sake) that Gmail can recognize, the date becomes an underlined link that you can click on to create an event. This functionality has been there a while, the recent twist comes next.

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Here’e the best part! Now, when you add the event to your calendar, instead of the email content in the description area, you now have a live link back to the email source:

gmail to google calendarWhich preserves the link to the whole email thread, live links in the email, attachments with the email, etc. etc. How wonderful! What a boon to gmail productivity. Thanks Google. Well done!

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