Have you come across a situation when you want to continue reading an interesting online article but do not have enough time? Have you felt the need to add a “reminder to read it later” and block out specific time on your calendar? If the answer to these questions is a Yes, then I will show a simple way to do this using Google Calendar.
Before I give a step by step guide to adding a URL to Google Calendar, here are some details about the solution:
- This technique does not require you to share your Google password or other personal details.
- The screenshots and the steps below are specific to Chrome browser. You will have to adapt a few steps for Firefox or IE - yourself.
- With the solution below, we will simply launch Google Calendar with some customized text.
- If you have not logged into your Google account, you will be asked to do so - by Google.
- The technique shown below work only on a desktop computer. It does not work on a tablet or smartphone.
Step 1: Create an empty bookmark
- On the Chrome Bookmark Bar, do a right click and select “Add Page…”
Step 2: Enter the text as given below
- In the Name field enter “Add to Google Calendar” (or anything else you would like)
- In the URL field enter the text below. I will explain what this snippet of code does.
- Click on Save
Step 3: While reading any web page, click on the bookmark created above
Step 4: Observe that Google Calendar is opened in a new Tab with some pre-filled text
- Google Calendar"s new event creation page is shown
- The title of the web page that you were reading earlier is added to the “Event title”
- The URL of the web page is added to the “Where” (location) field of the Calendar event.
How does this work?
Let us take a closer look at the different sections of the code snippet to understand this better:
- The above section results in the “opening of a new browser window or tab” with the URL of Google Calendar.
- The URL parameter “action=TEMPLATE” tells Google Calendar that a new event creation form should be shown
- The URL parameter “text=…” results in the event title being “pre-filled” with the page title of the web page you were viewing earlier. This will give you a useful hint when you see event reminders.
- The last URL parameter “location=…” results in the event location being “pre-filled” with the URL of the web page you were viewing earlier