Updated for the new Outlook on the web feature.
Another user had a question about Outlook on the web:
In Outlook on my desktop, I can drag the message to the Calendar to create a new appointment that contains the text of the email. After I create a new appointment, I can select "Insert Item" to insert the contents of a mail message. I haven't found a way to do the same thing using Outlook on the web. Is there a way to do it?
With Outlook on the web or Outlook.com, you can now drag messages to create appointments or tasks. To create an event from a message:
- Click the To-Do icon to display the Task pad on the right
- Drag the message and drop it on the panel.
If you're sending a meeting request, you can do that from the message in Outlook on the web. Click the 3 dots to display the menu and choose Other reply actions, the select Reply all by meeting to create a meeting to all recipients. (Unlike in Outlook desktop, you can't cancel the meeting and turn it into an appointment.)
In Outlook on the web for business accounts, you'll have options to reply with a meeting, by IM, or Like the message.
In Outlook.com, you'll only have the option to reply with a meeting.
TIP: Outlook desktop has the same feature, it's triggered by the Meeting button on the ribbon.
See the following macros to create appointments or tasks from incoming email in Outlook desktop (on Windows OS)
"Create an Outlook Appointment from a Message" (uses entire message body)
"Create Task or Appointment and Insert Selected Text" (pasts selected text into appointment or task body)