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After installing Mountain Lion, I was looking for an easy way to convert the e-mails I receive into reminders to act on later. After trying in vain in Mail (right clicks, menus, etc.) I found the solution is simple. Just drag an e-mail from Mail to Reminders and a new Reminder is automatically created with the subject of the e-mail as title and a link to the e-mail in the notes.

[kirkmc adds: To be honest, I expected there to be a clearer way to do this: a toolbar button in Mail, or a contextual menu item. I think a lot of people - like me - use their inbox as a to-do list. Being able to add them to the Reminders app can be very useful.]
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Drag e-mails to create reminders
Authored by: ershler on Aug 01, '12 10:15:04AM

OK, I must be doing something stupid. I have tried to drag an e-mail to the Reminders icon in the dock (with Reminders running or not), and I have tried dragging the message to the Reminders window. No location seems to accept the drag and drop. And yes I am running ML.
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Drag e-mails to create reminders
Authored by: HunterTV on Aug 01, '12 10:41:59AM

I had the same problem. Try holding Option while you drag, as if you were duplicating/copying a file. That worked for me.



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Drag e-mails to create reminders
Authored by: everkleer80 on Aug 06, '12 06:13:58PM

Hmm... didn't work for me at first either. Then I tried dragging the email to one of my Reminder Lists (i.e. the sidebar) and that worked, then I tried the original way again and it worked...



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Drag e-mails to create reminders
Authored by: derekJAB on Aug 01, '12 10:33:35AM

Thanks very much for this hint!

Works in Sparrow as well and, surprisingly, even set the due date correctly from information within the e-mail.

Edit:
Well, that was stupid. Sorry. Does not work in Sparrow. I told my wife about this hint and she then told me she had entered the reminder as she knew I'd forget.

Edited on Aug 01, '12 10:56:35AM by derekJAB



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Drag e-mails to create reminders
Authored by: RogerPyle on Aug 01, '12 11:34:41AM

However, I use GMail with a browser (Safari) and it doesn't work there (I didn't expect it would).

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Drag e-mails to create reminders
Authored by: hstaniloff on Aug 01, '12 04:02:16PM

The drag only worked for me if I was dragging the email from a folder. It didn't work when I tried to drag it from a Smart Folder. Which I think is a bug; you should be able to drag an email for an action from anywhere.



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Drag e-mails to create reminders
Authored by: kirkmc on Aug 02, '12 01:00:15AM

It works for me from a smart mailbox. But it looks like now it only works when I drag to the sidebar. When I first tested the hint, there was nothing in my sidebar, because iCloud wasn't working right. I turned off calendar and reminder syncing, then turned it back on, and now I have both calendars and On My Mac in the sidebar. So if dragging isn't working, try dragging to one of the items in the sidebar.

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Drag e-mails to create reminders
Authored by: marksch on Aug 02, '12 07:39:49AM

It is also possible to drag an e-mail into the URL field of a to-do item in iCal.

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Drag e-mails to create reminders
Authored by: MalEbenSo on Aug 04, '12 01:01:54AM

Alternative using a combo of Mail and Reminders: Try Nudgemail.

It's an online service. You register once. After that you simply send e-mails to them with a date/time info and they will bounce these mails back to you at the date/time provided.

Very simple and efficient to use and helps immensely to keep inboxes clean. The downside, of course, you give data to yet another provider )c: ... besides Apple, Google, Dropbox, Skydrive ...



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