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What is an ICS file?
Using ICS files: What programs can you open them with?
Open an ICS file with Outlook
Open and import an ICS file with Thunderbird

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ICS files: export, send and receive calendar entries

ICS is the iCalendar file format   and can be recognized by its .ics extension . This format allows you to import calendar entries, export and send them, as well as publish them so that they are freely available to other users . It is an internationally standardized format, so that even the most popular digital calendars, such as Microsoft Outlook or Google, work with them and allow you to open and edit them. ICS files can even be easily converted to other formats and are compatible with all operating systems..

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  1. What is an ICS file?
  2. Using ICS files: What programs can you open them with?
  3. Open an ICS file with Outlook
  4. Open and import an ICS file with Thunderbird

What is an ICS file?

Imagine that you receive an invitation to a very important business meeting in your Gmail account that includes an ICS file attached. This file usually contains data such as the name of the event, the place, the start and end time , as well as possibly a brief description of the topics to be covered, and allows you to accept the invitation with a double click. In this article we explain how to open ICS files and import them into your calendar.

Using ICS files: What programs can you open them with?

In general, ICS files can be opened by the following programs:

  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Mozilla Thunderbird
  • Apple calendar
  • Google Calendar
  • ICS format converters

With Apple's calendar application it is very easy to work with ICS files, since they can be opened directly to import the events..

If, on the other hand, you use Google Calendar , a few simple steps are enough: go to the settings menu (on the gear wheel above, on the right) and then select, on the left, the menu? Import and export ?. In the options that appear below, click? Select a file from your computer? to browse ICS files on your computer and select the ones you want to import. In? Add to calendar? you can decide which calendar you want to add them to. When you finally click on
? Import ?, the appointment will be integrated automatically.

With the Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird calendar you can also open ICS files and import entries, but the route to do so is somewhat different. You will find it below..

Open an ICS file with Outlook

If you want to open an ICS file in Outlook, follow these steps:

  • Open Microsoft Outlook.
  • Go to the menu? File ?.
  • Click? Open and Export ?.
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Through the menu? File? the function to import ICS files is accessed.
  • A new window will then open on the right. Click on the first option:? Open calendar ?.
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Outlook has a menu through which different calendar formats can be loaded into the program.
  • Search your computer for the file in question, select it and confirm the action by clicking "OK".
  • Once this is done, you can decide if you want to open the file as a new calendar or import it into an existing calendar. Clicking "Import" will automatically add the entry to your calendar.

There is, however, an easier way to do this if Outlook has been set as the default program for opening ICS files. If this is the case, just open the file by double-clicking and the appointment is automatically added to the calendar, including the name. Another way to do it is to use the? Import or export? to indicate, with one more step, that you want to open an ICS file.

Open and import an ICS file with Thunderbird

Since Mozilla's Thunderbird cannot be set as the default program for opening and importing ICS files, the only way to import calendar entries is as follows:

  • Open the Thunderbird calendar.
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Open the Thunderbird calendar to import ICS files.
  • In the options menu, go to? Events and tasks ?.
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In the calendar options menu you will find the option to import ICS files.
  • Select? Import ?.
  • Doing so will open a new window where you can select the ICS files you want to add. To confirm the action, click "OK".
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Find the ICS files on your hard drive.
  • The next step is to establish which calendar the appointment will be added to and confirm the choice.
  • By doing so, Mozilla Thunderbird will integrate it automatically.
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Once imported, the appointment can be viewed directly on the calendar.

An alternative route to importing an ICS file into the Thunderbird calendar is to do so by dragging and dropping it onto the calendar. To do this, open the daily view of the day in question and also the attached file, or the folder in which it is saved, and drag it with the mouse until it drops on top of the calendar. In this way, the appointment will be integrated automatically and you only need to save it.


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