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Jun 26

If you frequently receive email that needs to be followed-up with a meeting, here’s a Microsoft Entourage calendaring shortcut you’ll love – Create Event from Message.

The built-in Entourage script, Create Event from Message, creates a new calendar event (meeting invitation) using the subject and body of the currently open mail message (or the mail message that is currently focused on). So, whether you have a particular piece of mail open in its own window or have one highlighted, press Control+E (otherwise written as ^E) to activate the Create Event from Message script.

Let’s run through an example.

Say I received an email message like this:

Example Mail Message - Creating Calendar Events from Mail Messages

Example Mail Message - Creating Calendar Events from Mail Messages


To create a meeting invite from this email, I either press Control+E or make the menu selection of Create Event from Message under the AppleScript
menu:

Create Calendar Event from Email in Entourage

AppleScript to Create Calendar Event from Email in Entourage

and violá! A new calendar event pops-up with the a copy of the subject and body text from your mail message like so:

Example Calendar Event - Creating Events from Mail Messages

Example Calendar Event - Creating Events from Mail Messages

This shortcut has save me a good deal of time by relieving what is usually a manual copy-and-paste process to create new calendar event on the same topic of an email I’ve received.

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