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I'm using Mozilla Thunderbird 9.0.1 with Lightning 1.1.1. Is there an easier way to import an ICS file attached to an email than saving it to disk, then in Calendar going to File --> Open?

If I select "Open with Thunderbird" from the save dialog, it just opens a new mail message and attaches the file to it.

(I did see this older question, but it refers to much older versions of Thunderbird and Lightning)

Update: I've updated to 10.0 and 1.2, respectively and it still doesn't work right.

Update 2: Bugzilla.

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up vote 8 down vote accepted

For Thunderbird 15.0 / Lightning 1.7 the following procedure works for me:

  1. Open the "Today Pane" ie. the Events panel on the right hand side next to the email list.

  2. Drag&Drop the ics-file onto that pane.

In my case (Kubuntu 12.04) it will create the event. Hope this helps.

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I'll give that a try, thanks! –  travis Sep 4 '12 at 16:07
to add to @swinglocators tip: On Windows it only seems to work when you COPY (=hold ctrl while dragging) the ICS file to the today pane. at least that's what I constantly experience. –  roetzi Feb 24 '13 at 13:36
@swinglocators You're my hero - thanks =) –  andreas-h Mar 3 at 13:00
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Right click on the mail and click Convert > Event

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on my machine (ubuntu 13.10) this does not take the information from the attached .ics file. –  andreas-h Mar 3 at 13:00
Yes it doesn't really work like that. But if you have a local calendar configured you should have a button to accept the event. –  Natim Mar 3 at 14:48
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