In OS X Yosemite Calendar, I can quickly add an event by pressing Cmd-N and typing "lunch tomorrow 1-3pm at McDonalds". But how can I set a location? In this example, the event title will be "lunch at McDonalds" and the location will by blank.

For example, these attempts at providing parsing hints do not work:

Attempted Text -> 'Interpreted Event title' [Interpreted event time]

Movie Friday 7pm at 1 Infinite Loop -> 'Movie Friday 7pm Infinite Loop' [1pm today]
Movie, 1 Infinite Loop, Friday 7pm  -> 'Movie, 1 Infinite Loop,' [Fri 7pm]
Movie at 1 Infinite Loop, Friday 7pm -> 'Movie at 1 Infinite Loop,' [Fri 7pm]
Movie, location:1 Infinite Loop, on Friday at 7pm -> 'Movie, location:1 Infinite Loop,' [Fri 7pm]

(The desired outcome is an event with title 'Movie', time Friday at 7pm, location '1 Infinite Loop'.)

Is there some syntax or hint for the app to parse the quick event text to populate the location field?

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    Thanks @ruddfawcett, I was totally confused on this for some reason.
    – fsb
    Aug 3, 2016 at 2:50
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    @ruddfawcett If consensus after a day or two is that you're right / there's no way to do it, perhaps you should add as answer to get the bounty. Of course if Apple ever implements the feature, Elliott and I will look forward to your updated answer :)
    – Philip
    Aug 3, 2016 at 4:38
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    @philip I think you're wrong, iCal supports this, it's in the documentation found here : support.apple.com/en-us/HT202835, it specifically states that exact feature in The quick event field paragraph!, which requires location services to be on, I would say this is a bug if it doesn't automatically populate the location field from your natural text input Aug 3, 2016 at 7:04
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    After looking into the system logs while creating a new event, i notice that this error is being logged: Aug 3 09:11:58 Mac-Mini Calendar[50774]: Could not launch query, mds might have an issue mds is spotlight's metadata server, I'm getting pretty sure that this is a bug, looking into more details now Aug 3, 2016 at 7:14
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    @MostafaTorbjørnBerg All right, well, ship is sailing but I hope that doesn't discourage you from reporting if you do find anything. Best & thanks all
    – Philip
    Aug 7, 2016 at 16:53

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As far as I know (and I'm purposefully not citing anything here, because I have found absolutely nothing on the topic after much Googling, other searching, etc.), as of El Capitan there is no way to achieve this.

My rather simple workaround is to type out my event, such as

Dinner with Will on Wednesday at 7 PM

And then to quickly tab to the location field in the event inspector, and fill in the event's location there there, e.g.:

Creating a quick event without a location. Quickly tab to location field and fill it out there.

Happy to update this answer as a more fulfilling solution presents itself.


The accepted answer at this Apple Support Communities thread from 2012 mentioned downloading Remind Me Later, free from the App Store, and simply typing "at" and then specifying the location.

Screenshot of Remind Me Later


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