Simplify adding ics file item to current Outlook calendar
Double-clicking an Internet calendar item (.ics file) attachment in Outlook causes a new calendar to be created, instead of opening it or asking if it should be added to the user's calendar as expected (and as previously implemented in earlier versions of Windows/Outlook).
To add it to the current calendar, it must be saved to the local drive then opened (File>Open). Outlook then asks if it should be opened as a new calendar or added to the current calendar...this same behavior should be used for double-click open.
Dragging the .ics attachment to the calendar results in a transient error message, though the item does seem to be added to the calendar.
Is anyone MS looking at this for a fix?
Any updates on this?
Adrian Wood commented
I'm currently working on a process to send out .ics files to staff to add to their own calendars when they're adding to events in another system. These staff are generally not all that tech-literate, and having the files need to be saved separately and imported, or dragged & dropped between calendars, is not something they'll be able to reliably take on board. It seemed to work as expected when the .ics file contained one event, but two or more causes it to work as mentioned here, with a new calendar created.
Miguel Duarte commented
Is this fixed yet?
Jim Hicks commented
This problem makes Outlook virtually unusable. A very large (uncountable) number of "clicks" are required to add one calendar item. The peripheral issues are perhaps worse; multiple calendars that must be deleted, and time zone settings that, apparently at random, move meeting time an hour one way or the other.
PLEASE... restore old behaviour to add ics event to current calendar. New behaviour is so useless and cost so much additional time mainting my calendar..
Yes PLEASE fix this!!! I have to copy and paste/drag over individual meetings every single time - so tedious. >:|
David Benson commented
This is a large problem for our organization and we would like it fixed! Recurrences should be able to be loaded by double clicking the ics file.
Seems like still this issue not fixed in latest versions of Outlook. Any other way to do this using Calendar extensions?
Such a simple step could have been very useful for our users. Please fix!!!
When using an LMS this feature is necessary! People don't want many untitled calendars in their Outlook.
Jóhann Ólafsson commented
I would like a registry key to select which one of the two options should be default.
This used to work. Remove the feature that puts it into its own calendar. if I wanted a separate calendar to monitor I would subscribe to their calendar.
Dan Sullivan commented
This fix would be AMAZING
Sarah Ann Ferguson commented
Please simplify the use of .ics in Outlook
Jenny Pare commented
please fix this