Why doesn’t Outlook…?

Or maybe it does and I just don't know yet...

I get emails on a regular basis that I need to turn into appointments.  Why isn't there a feature to create a new appointment or task based on an email?  What I find myself doing is copying the text of the email, creating a new appointment (or task), then pasting the text there.  Why should I need to do that?  (Gmail can automatically realize that there is an appointment in the email and offers to add it to the Google calendar...)
And yes, I realize that I can set an email for follow-up, but that's not really what I want.  I want to turn it into a full task or appointment so that I can use the bigger feature set of those items.
Any way to do this?

4 thoughts on “Why doesn’t Outlook…?

  1. Like you said ... there's aready a way to do this. Just drag your mail from your In-Box to the Calendar. Outlook will then pop-up a new appointment window with the email already inserted in the body. You'll still need to fill in the details of the appointment though.

    Hope this helps.

  2. Or you could fire up some VBA if it's something you always do, but be warned that Outlook's object model (at least Outlook 2003, which I use) is sorely lacking.

    That GMail feature is awesome and seems pretty good at recognizing appointments, by the way!

  3. You can right-click drag the email to your calendar (or tasks, or whatever) to have a list of more options as well.

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