Google Calendar ‘Quick Add’ smart keyword bookmark

Google Calendar has a nifty feature, “Quick Add”, where you can enter a natural-language string like “lunch with Justin, 1pm 20/4/08”, it parses it, and adds an appointment to your calendar. However, the link in the Calendar UI can’t be bookmarked; you have to go to the Calendar page, wait for it to sloooowly load all its AJAX bits, hit the link, and only then type the appointment details, by which time I’ve forgotten it anyway ADD-style. ;)

Elias Torrez came up with a Firefox extension to use the Quick Add feature in one keypress, but in my opinion that’s overkill — I don’t want the overhead of another extension, the upgrade worries, and I don’t want it using up a keyboard shortcut either. I’d prefer to just have this as a Firefox Smart Keyword — and thankfully the trick is in the comments for his blog post, from someone called Bjorn. So here’s the deal:

Name: Google Calendar Quick Add


Keyword: newcal

Description: add a new event in Google Calendar


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  1. Posted April 17, 2008 at 11:28 | Permalink

    Or you could just right-click in the Quick Add field and click “Add a Keyword for this Search”…

    What was it you were saying about overkill? :)


  2. Posted April 17, 2008 at 11:38 | Permalink

    try it! that doesn’t work.

    (phew! ;)

  3. Posted April 17, 2008 at 11:41 | Permalink

    Gah, foiled again! Sorry!

  4. Posted April 22, 2008 at 18:35 | Permalink

    Nevertheless, is a further demonstration of the power of dual google / firefox

  5. Posted May 19, 2008 at 09:30 | Permalink

    Is it be possible to specify the target calendar you want to add the event to inside the URL?

  6. Posted May 19, 2008 at 11:01 | Permalink

    hi Jonas —

    I don’t think so — I can’t see a way to add to a specific calendar using “Quick Add”. maybe it’s possible to select a calendar from the confirmation page?

  7. Posted May 19, 2008 at 12:05 | Permalink

    Elias Torrez’ Firefox extension does it beautifully, but I guess he uses the Google Calendar API.

  8. Posted May 19, 2008 at 12:08 | Permalink

    You’re right, the confirmation page allows me to select a calendar. Thanks for the tip! It’s a good workaround while I wait for the Firefox extension to support Firefox 3.