If you can live with the privacy concerns and border monopolization of the Internet, Google is actually great at offering so much!
When your favorite browser is simultaneously your email provider, your phone’s developer, your favorite video site’s owner, and so on, cross-platform integrations abound. To this day, Google creates ways to connect your browser, phone, and everything else with its vast array of web services and applications.
Most recently, this has continued as Google Chrome now supports several new Google Calendar shortcuts in its latest stable release for PC.
Let’s talk about two new Google Chrome keyboard shortcuts that allow you to create Google Calendar events in Chrome via the address bar.
How to create Google Calendar events in Chrome’s address bar
Creating events and appointments in Google Calendar is no longer a daunting task, but it will soon become even easier with the address bar, or as Google calls it, omnibox.
Starting with desktop version 77.0.3865.120, Chrome users can now use the cal.new or meeting.new shortcuts to jump straight to creating a new calendar event or meeting (respectively). All you have to do is enter any passphrase into Chrome’s address bar and press Enter.
If you’ve used bookmarks for a similar purpose, these new shortcuts can save you some space in the bookmarks bar. If you’ve used an extension, you can disable it completely to make Chrome run more smoothly. Both key phrases are very short, so the extra time spent typing them is very small.
Better yet, you can target these events to linked Google accounts. If you go to the Google home page, click on your account portrait and hover over the name of any of the linked accounts, you should see the account number in the status bar URL, for example:
The value of the authuser parameter in this URL is important. By hovering over a user account, taking that number and adding 1 to it, you can create shortcuts for new events and appointments in Google Calendar under accounts other than the one you are currently signed in to.
For example, for the account shown in the screenshot above, I can use the shortcuts cal.new/2 and meeting.new/2 to automatically sign in to that account and create a calendar event or meeting underneath. This saves a lot of time, especially if you can remember each of the numbers assigned to your account.
Google Calendar is our pick as the best online calendar service, so we really appreciate the inclusion of these new Google Calendar shortcuts in Google Chrome.