Apple has a feature that allows native and 3rd-party apps to detect certain patterns in the text in your e-mail messages and respond to it with menus allowing you to act on them.

I want to Google for something that will translate times and dates from e-mail messages into my time zone and into the time zone of my client, but I don't know what Apple calls these.

Here is an example from BusyCal, which found a time in an e-mail message and allows me to schedule a meeting at that time. If I click the downward pointing chevron, a menu appears from BusyCal

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What does Apple call this?

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Apple calls these "Data Detectors"

UPDATE: According to this source they are now referred to by Apple as "Quick Links". (No wonder I couldn't remember the name if Apple doesn't even have a consistent name for them!)

  • I’ve made the searches clear as to where the search goes - great answer so people can find these terms as related now.
    – bmike
    Commented Nov 15, 2021 at 18:56
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    Would you mind putting your "fun tips" in a comment instead of your edit to my answer?
    – iconoclast
    Commented Nov 15, 2021 at 20:03
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    I went ahead and took them out since they weren't related. It was a tip letting people know that typing !ad in Duck Duck Go searches Ask Different.
    – Ezekiel
    Commented Nov 15, 2021 at 22:16
  • Thanks for letting me know. You can always edit again / roll back as needed
    – bmike
    Commented Nov 15, 2021 at 22:48

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