Web Applications Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for power users of web applications. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I seem to recall a few years ago when Google Calendar first came out, that it regularly detected events in your email, and proposed turning them into Calendar items. It would look for words like "when: tomorrow" etc, and parse them.

These days it doesn't do that. Is there a way to get this functionality back? Did Google ditch it for some reason?

share|improve this question

While it won't automatically turn email data into a calendar event, Google Calendar will still detect 'event information' and display an 'Add to calendar' option.

To keep the full email text in the event item you can also forward the email to yourself and choose 'Add Event Invitation'. More information about this option is available on the Google Calendar forums.

share|improve this answer
Ok, so if someone explicitly attaches "event information", then it will offer to add it to the calendar, but it doesn't automatically parse it from email text. Am I dreaming? Did it never do that? – Steve Bennett Dec 11 '10 at 4:15
I'm pretty sure I remember it doing this too. – Holf Jul 12 '12 at 14:48
Yes. It did do that googlesystem.blogspot.com/2007/10/… – MikeNereson Sep 19 '12 at 15:18

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.