This post is part of a series of posts where I go over “pro-tips” which are tips, tools, and tricks I use to be more productive or make my life easier. They are as simple as a piece of software I use to get a task done, to the little secrets or ‘hacks’ I’ve learned to get around life’s little quirks.

I often talk to people who respond back to Google calendar invites going “I can’t respond to this” or “Can you please send this to my Google address at <insert Google/Gmail associated email here>?”

What a lot of people don’t realize is that even if you have no Google related email address or you do but someone has sent it to, for example, a different email address like your work address, you can still accept or decline the invite. Here’s how:

Step 1: Open up the email with 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, 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 there open up IE or Chrome or Opera or Safari – or switch to a new ‘user’ in Chrome.

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!

Although for those that rely on Google Calendar for their main calendaring system it won’t put it in your calendar – so don’t forget to do that – it will provide the response on the other end for the person who sent you the invite without any extra work.

This is especially helpful for those that get a lot of Google Calendar invites but don’t use Google at all or get them at a non-Google account accessible email address and still want to be courteous and RSVP.

Hope this helps and stay awesome!