Getting started with Front Calendar

Overview

Front Calendar makes scheduling meetings and managing your calendar from your inbox easy. It's enabled for your Front account by default!

Whether you're scheduling a new meeting or need to view your availability for a particular day, you can accomplish any calendar-oriented tasks without leaving Front.


Managing your calendar

Adding calendars to Front

To add a calendar to Front, simply connect the Gmail or Office 365 email address associated with that calendar as a new individual email channel. During the authentication process, Front will request access to your Google or Office 365 calendar.

View your calendar

To get started, select "Calendar" from the plugin sidebar. If you haven't already, sign in with your Google or Office 365 account. Then select "My Calendar":

(Note: at this time it is not possible to sync with Exchange On-Premise solutions)

Click the "Calendars" button to select the calendars you want to view. Front syncs with your Google and Office account, so calendars that you have available in Google Calendar or Outlook Calendar should also appear in Front.

Use the down arrow and date buttons to view different days on your calendar.

Create and edit events

Click or drag anywhere on the calendar to begin scheduling an event. If you have an email open, the topic and attendees of that email will automatically be added to the event creator. Set your preferred event details, or use the lightning button to apply a meeting template, and then click "Schedule" to save the event. Front will automatically send calendar invitations to participants.

💡Note: If you are seeing a Google meeting link inserted unexpectedly, this is related to a setting on Google's side that you can adjust. Here is more info: https://support.google.com/a/answer/6188027?hl=en

Inserting calendar availability into emails

Front Calendar also allows you to insert your calendar availability directly into emails to allow recipients to book meeting with a single click:

To learn more, check out our guide to inserting calendar availability.

Using scheduling links

Finally, scheduling links make it easy to share your availability with anyone, and can be used as many times as you'd like. Check out our guide to learn more.

Setting a default calendar

If you have multiple private email channels added to Front, you may have multiple calendars integrated. You can choose a default calendar to schedule your events on, by clicking to Settings → My Preferences → Default Calendar → Choose the calendar. You can always edit the calendar when you are creating the actual invite.


Reply to calendar invites

When you receive calendar invites in your email, you will be able to manage them directly within Front without needing to open your Google Calendar or Outlook calendar. Front will show you the time, date, location, and attendees in a calendar invite widget above the corresponding invitation email.

You can click the Yes, Maybe, and No buttons to RSVP to the invite. And just like with any other Front conversation, you can also snooze, tag, assign, and more! You will also get an email update if an event is updated or canceled.

 


Introducing the new Front Calendar

🚀 The brand new Front Calendar is currently in beta for Gmail and will be rolling out to all customers, including Office 365, over the next few months. Stay tuned for these updates in the app! 

Manage your calendar in a new full-screen view

The new full-screen calendar view gives you the complete picture of your full week or month. You can also toggle multiple calendars to check a teammate’s availability and quickly schedule meetings with them. Front Calendar currently integrates with Zoom for videoconferencing, and more integrations are coming soon.

To open full-screen, click the calendar icon in the lower left corner of Front 🗓

Reminder notifications for upcoming events

Reminder notifications for upcoming calendar events help you stay on top of your schedule. You can customize the reminders that are sent for a specific calendar or even a specific event.

Quickly view your availability for meeting invitations

With the new Front calendar, you’ll see a preview of your calendar in meeting invitations to see at a glance whether you’re available or have a conflict. You can click the Yes, Maybe, and No buttons to RSVP to the invite and update your response status.

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  • I am unable to see my office365 calendars in the new calendar. I can however see a gsuite calendar. Is the new calendar going to only be only for gsuite customers?

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  • Zac S 

    Similar issue. I see the ability to add hangouts meet as a web conference tool, very good. But would also like to see full o365 calendar integration and use Teams for web meetings. We are currently evaluating both calendar options and may go back to o365. 

    That, and mobile calendar access, which is sorely needed.

    Front , you are definitely getting there, and its great to see iterations. but without the above, our firm still lives in the google/o365 calendar. Mobile makes it sticky, something i hope is high on the priority list. 

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  • Thanks for your feedback Zac S and Robert Deutsch . Our team is working on launching Office365 support for the new calendar in the coming months. We will also add support for using Microsoft Teams videoconferencing shortly thereafter.

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  • Thanks. Where can I keep updated on this. It's a key feature as we are leaning toward going o365 / Teams. 

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  • Robert Deutsch We'll keep this article updated and also let you know by email when the new Office 365 Calendar is available in the app!

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  • Ty. Hoping it's soon! 🙂

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