Capture Mail with OmniFocus Clip-o-Tron

Use the OmniFocus Clip-o-Tron Mail plugin to create actions based on emails in Mail (macOS 10.12 or earlier).

If you’re using OmniFocus 3 or later and macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) or later, it’s no longer necessary to use the OmniFocus Clip-o-Tron. Read the Omni Group’s support article for more information.

The OmniFocus Clip-o-Tron is a free add-on to the Mac OS Mail app that allows you to create OmniFocus actions that reference Mail messages. In OmniFocus 1, this plugin was bundled with the app, but due to App Store restrictions, the Omni Group needed to provide a separate download for OmniFocus 2 for Mac. You’ll learn:

  • How to download and install the Clip-o-Tron 3001 Mail plugin.
  • How to configure a shortcut key for the “OmniFocus 2: Send to Inbox” Service.
  • How to create OmniFocus actions based on emails in the Mac OS Mail app.

Even if the Clip-o-Tron plugin isn’t installed, it’s possible to create an action based on selected text in an email using the “OmniFocus 2: Send to Inbox” Service. This same approach can be applied to selected text in other apps, such as Safari and Preview, and to create an action that references a file or folder in the Finder. We cover this topic in detail in the Capturing into OmniFocus 2 for Mac video (available to Learn OmniFocus Members).

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