OmniFocus GTD: Actions from Mail (redux)

March 28th, 2008 by Adam Sneller


If you’ve been using the Mail to Quick-Entry script (and happen to think that this is the greatest thing since sliced bread) then you and I are not alone!

OmniFocus now comes with a service menu item, called OmniFocus: Send to Inbox. This does exactly the same thing, so you no longer need the Mail to Quick-Entry script to process your email!

Simply highlight any message from within in Apple Mail. Navigate to the Mail > Services menu, and click OmniFocus: Send to Inbox.

Presto! The OmniFocus QuickEntry window pops up, with your email front and center and ready for processing.

Now, if only this came with a keyboard shortcut…


If you can’t find OmniFocus: Send to Inbox in the Apple Mail Services menu, you need to turn on the OmniFocus Clip-O-Tron 3000. Go back to OmniFocus and hit ⌘-Comma. This will take you to the Preferences window. Select Clippings and click the Installer icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the window. Close out of Preferences and re-launch Apple Mail.

Adding the Keyboard Shortcut

This is actually a really simple fix. Open System Preferences (inside your Applications folder) and select the Keyboard & Mouse pane. Click on Keyboard Shortcuts (at the top of the pane) and you will see a window like this:


Scroll to the bottom of the list and select Application Keyboard Shortcuts. Click the “+” symbol (bottom-left hand corner) and the following pane opens up, where you can enter your new shortcut.


Fill this out like you see above. You can select whatever key sequence you want, so long as it doesn’t conflict with other pre-existing shortcuts (I use ⌘-Enter).

Restart Apple Mail, and Voila!


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    4 Responses to “OmniFocus GTD: Actions from Mail (redux)”

    1. Pim Says:

      Cool! Thanks a lot! This was what I was looking for!
      Just starting on GTD together with OmniFocus and so far it’s great. Love the iPhone app. This neat little trick makes life a lot easier!

    2. Michael Palermo Says:

      Is there a way to get this to work for Entourage?

    3. Ken L Says:

      I tried it with the newest OF and OS X and got the error message below. Any thoughts on what to do. Thanks. …

      Dis-abled incompatible plug-in

      Mail has disabled the following plug-ins:


      Contact the makers of these plug-ins for versions that are compatible with Mail 4.1 and Message 4.1.

    4. Laura Says:

      Note: This will not work with OmniFocus (1.7.3) and Snow Leopard’s Hopefully they will update it soon.

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