A Better Experience: Google Calendar Pro-tip

(As originally seen on SheriRubin.com here: http://sherirubin.com/2013/03/google-calendar-pro-tip/)

I’ve seen people respond to Google calendar invites by saying, “I can’t respond to this” or “Can you please send this to my Google address at <insert Google/Gmail associated email here>?”

What many people don’t realize is that you don’t need a/your Google email address to accept or decline the invite. Here’s how:

Step 1: Open up the email which has the Google Calendar invite in it.

Step 2: Right-click and choose “Copy Link Location” (or similar) on the corresponding answer (e.g. Yes, No, Maybe, etc.).

Step 3: Open up any browser where you are not signed in to Google, e.g. if you normally use Firefox and are signed into Google, open up IE or Chrome or Opera or Safari (or just sign out temporarily in your main browser).

Step 4: In a new tab/window paste in the link that you just copied and hit enter/go.

That’s it, you’re done!

Note: for those of you who use Google Calendar for your scheduling system, this method will not put the event in your calendar. It simply provides a response to the person who sent you the invite. This is especially helpful for those who receive a lot of Google Calendar invites, still want to be courteous and RSVP, but do not use Google.

Hope this helps! Stay awesome!