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?

  • Reviving this because Google 2022 is becoming a memory hole of useless popular searches compared to what they were in 2010, or earlier. I think this is because of the 2009 patent US20110106892A1. I assert that software patents that last more than ~2 years are worse than useless.
    – tsbertalan
    Apr 26, 2022 at 17:24
  • Ah, thanks for linking that. Apr 27, 2022 at 0:34

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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.

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    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? Dec 11, 2010 at 4:15
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    I'm pretty sure I remember it doing this too.
    – Holf
    Jul 12, 2012 at 14:48
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    Yes. It did do that googlesystem.blogspot.com/2007/10/… Sep 19, 2012 at 15:18

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