Drag and Drop email to create new item
On the Windows based version of Outlook you can drag and drop emails to either the calendar, tasks, or contacts to create new items. The subject of the email becomes the calendar or task subject and the body of the email goes in the notes field.
Bring this functionality to the Mac version so that drag and dropping of emails works to other areas of Outlook.
We are happy to announce that this feature is available to all O365 subscription users with 15.35 (170610) or later build.
Please refer to our post for details:
Okay so this totally works on my Mac, but won't work on my partner's. Pretty baffling. We both have Outlook 2016 v.16.16 installed. What could be the problem? Has anyone gotten over this?
Does not work in Outlook 16.13. Dragging e-mail to tasks does nothing.
https://blogs.office.com/2017/06/19/outlook-2016-for-mac-is-adding-your-most-requested-features/ is a dead link.
Outlooc for mac 16.11 does not work, please help!
Todd Nagle commented
Works for me. It would be great to extend the drag-n-drop (>) work flow in all directions to provide the most flexibility on work flow.
e.g. email > task > calendar
I believe this use-case is a common workflow, as a user would create the date the task (associated within the email) is due but may allocate time in their calendar prior/post to that date.
Unless I'm missing something, a user only has the ability to drag an email onto task icon OR calendar icon. A task can't be dragged onto the calendar icon.
This does not work. Perhaps some setup or configuration is required? Please provide details seeing as though this feature is now live and clearly in high demand!
I am in 15.39 and I do not see the capability to create a task. Did it get cut again? (OS X)
Paul Francis commented
Doesn't seem to work for me - version 15.37 (170815). Dragging an e-mail to the calendar icon or task icon on the bottom left does nothing - likewise dragging to the calendar directly, if I have it open in another window. Am I missing something?
There is a create meeting option if I right-click on an e-mail, but that tends to send e-mails to everyone on the e-mail list which is not what I usually want (I just want to put the e-mail in my calendar).
Lisa P commented
The feature that was implemented is still not sufficient. Yes, you can drag the email to the calendar icon, but you have to remember to change the date & time. I keep forgetting to do that, so it creates extra work. It would be better to be able to drag it to exactly where you want it on the calendar.
This does not work (out of the box) in version 15.36.1 - is there a configuration that needs to be made in the software to make this work?
Biased Perspective commented
You indicate that you have included this feature. Could you provide step-by-step instructions on how to perform this task as I am unable to do it using the latest version of Office Outlook. I suspect the problem lies in the calendar not being visible in the Mac Outlook e-mail view like it is visible in the PC Outlook e-mail view. Thank you for instructions on how to make this work.
Mike VanHorn commented
I have version 15.36 (170620) and dragging events over the calendar or task icon does nothing. Neither can you "Send Later..." or request delivery receipts as outlined in the link above.
Thanks for working on this! Happy to finally have (a version of) it for Mac.
Also missing is the the ability to attach a copy of the message vs. just the text. If I receive an email with an attachment of a presentation and am asked to revise it. I can in the PC world, using a right drag, attach a copy of the email into the task. So when I open the task, I can open the email to get at the attachment. Later I can reply to the email from inside the task. there is not even the ability to attach a shortcut to the message. So 1/3 of the way there. PLEASE keep trying.
Also, I see that you can drag to the calendar as well (lacking the same abilities to attach or create a shortcut). but you did not include the DRAG TO CONTACTs to create a new contact.
The return of drag/drop Email To Calendar isn't fully restored to the previous convenience. Formerly, if I display the calendar sidebar (not sure that's the proper name) I could drop the email directly onto a date and the email would begin an appointment on that date. As it is currently implement, I can only drop onto a calendar icon at the bottom and begin an appointment that is dated today. Please restore this very useful old feature in its entirety.
Incidentally, I forgot to mention that if you use Outlook Tasks (I don't), you can also create a Quick Step for creating a task from an email, either with its text in the body or as an attachment.
Wish it preseved the HTML format, but unfortunately Outlook's appointment, meeting, and tasks functions have never done that without extra effort. Doesn't make a lot of sense.
That's awesome! Until that is in production and on everyone's computer, I did discover a decent alternative. Quick Steps. You can create a Quick One of the pre-built Quick Steps (way at the bottom of the drop-down) is called "Create an appointment with text of message." There's anoth called "Create an appointment with attachment," which attaches your email rather than transferring it to the body of the appointment. It works pretty well and you could assign a shortcut key to it.
It is not completely as good as the old feature because you can't drop it on a specific date. It will default to today. But it is definitely preferable to copying and pasting into a new appointment.
Works well for me, thank you.
What I would suggest though, is that if an email is already got a category and then you create a task from it, the task should inherit the category. The Windows version was doing this 6/7 years ago!
hmm, does not seems to be working, see message->create->meeting but not message->create->task.
one more thing, message->create->meeting crashes due to some incompatibility with webex productivity tools on mac. running mac 15.34 (170426)
Why does this feature require an O365 activation?
I'm on 15.34 (170426) -- doe **** look like it is working. Checked on two machines, both on the Fast Channel.