OmniFocus GTD: Actions from Mail (redux)

March 28th, 2008 by Adam Sneller

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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…

Preliminaries

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:

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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.

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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:

      OmniMailMessageServiceEnabler_106

      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 Mail.app. Hopefully they will update it soon.

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