In the old Google Calendar, I was able to create a new event by clicking on a day and typing both the description and time together in one field, like "Dr. Appointment 10am-11am", and it would parse that out and set the time accordingly. this feature is called Quick Add.

In the new Google Calendar interface (2017), I can't get that to work. If I type the same thing now, the whole string "Dr. Appointment 10am-11am" goes into the description, and it makes it an "all day" event.

Is there still a way to do this, or did Google remove the Quick Add feature?


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Quick Add isn't available for/built into the new Calendar, but does work with a Chrome extension called Google Calendar (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/google-calendar-by-google/gmbgaklkmjakoegficnlkhebmhkjfich?hl=en)

Chrome extension for Calendar quick add

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    Thank god for the extension. Ridiculous that you'd need an extension for basic functionality.
    – R.D.
    Commented Jan 13, 2018 at 6:57
  • But aren't they doing away with extensions in chrome also? digitaltrends.com/computing/… So this won't work either soon?
    – nealmcb
    Commented Feb 10, 2018 at 17:55
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    @nealmcb they are not killing chrome extensions. They are removing a very specific piece of functionality that almost no one used. Commented Jul 15, 2018 at 23:01
  • Seems like Google's on a killing spree against all useful functionality from everything ever.
    – ijoseph
    Commented Feb 7, 2019 at 19:47
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    Quick Add has issues, according to that developer; I'd imagine the fact that it's no longer a feature would mean that any such outstanding bugs will never get fixed. To me, that means that Quick Add is dead and should be avoided. Adding via the Google Search search field, as in this other answer, seems to me the better choice for that reason.
    – Mathieu K.
    Commented Apr 28, 2019 at 1:51

The workaround is to type the event in Google search, e.g.

  • "add to calendar some description tomorrow at 1PM"

then click on Create event.

Source: https://productforums.google.com/d/msg/calendar/CIwo3Ch-aTk/AcAtErUNBQAJ

quick add to Google Calendar

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    This no longer works. Just searches for events with those words. Commented Sep 23, 2019 at 13:45
  • @JonathanCross I've tested and they still work. Are you logged in?
    – kenorb
    Commented Sep 23, 2019 at 16:17
  • Sorry, my bad, I didn't read carefully. I was trying to add from Google Calendar's search, not Google search. Commented Sep 29, 2019 at 18:25
  • This appears to no longer work. Commented Apr 5, 2021 at 21:28

Google removed that functionality in the new Calendar.

You can send feedback by clicking the gear icon > 'Send Feedback'.

You can also vote up or comment on the support forum posts here: https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/calendar/CIwo3Ch-aTk;context-place=topicsearchin/calendar/quick$20add%7Csort:date

  1. Click the date (top of the column where "all day" events are located) for the specific date that you want to add an event.
  2. Enter time range & event name (i.e. 7:00am-5:30pm Work or Work 7:00am-5:30pm)
  3. Click Save
  • This is a partial workaround. Still can't click one place no matter where I am and get it to intelligently create an event for a date in the future. That is, now have to navigate to the day/days of the event. Thankfully that's keyboardable, but it still requires clicking the day. Mixed-mode input is okay for games, but not so good for productivity, and not as fast as Quick Add.
    – Mathieu K.
    Commented Apr 30, 2019 at 12:52

I tried it again today and it worked! It seems Google heard our cries.

For example, clicking a day and typing "something at 5pm" now creates an event called "something" at 5pm in Google Calendar, as it used to do.

  • Confirming that it worked for me also. I typed in "10pm Do blahblah" and it created event titled "Do blahblah" at 10pm on the day I clicked
    – Anshul
    Commented Feb 1, 2018 at 22:27
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    This only seems to work only for very simple events on a pre-selected date.
    – Justas
    Commented Feb 2, 2018 at 17:34
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    Thanks but this is a horribly poor substitute. I used to be able to type "q12/4 13:00 meet jack at 123 main st<enter>" and get an appointment added with a location. Now I have to use my mouse to set the date and time. I can type a single phrase with a date and time and destination far quicker than I can enter them with a mouse.
    – nealmcb
    Commented Feb 10, 2018 at 17:58
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    With the new system, I am unable to write "Meet with Bob 30 minutes" and have it create a 30 minute appointment in the time slot I selected. That was such a great feature - just gone apparently. Commented Mar 8, 2018 at 16:54
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    This only works on the same day. They really didn't fix it. Commented Mar 21, 2018 at 16:20

If you type it with time in front, as "10am Dr. Appointment" it still works, but only for a one hour item. Can't seem to get a range of time to work, nor recognition of location by using "at" or "@" which used to work as well.

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    I just tried that and it didn't work for me. I typed in "7pm Stuff", and it created an all-day appointment called "7pm Stuff".
    – JoeMjr2
    Commented Jan 25, 2018 at 2:48

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