Knowing your calendar and the various components in it is helpful in planning all your meetings and scheduled calls efficiently. Following are some of the components in the Zoho CRM calendar that will help you understand the calendar better and make the best use of it.
Day, Week and Month View
You have got the day, week and month view for your calendar and while viewing other user's calendar.
Check out the invitations that you are yet to respond to.
Accept or decline meeting invitations in the calendar
Invited meetings are separately marked in your calendar.
Importing and Exporting Meetings
Use .ics format files to import calendar meetings. Exported calendar meetings will also be available in .ics file.
RemindersGet reminders before the meetings starts and before the call.
Other Users' Calendar
Users with Administrator profile, can see all the user's meetings in the calendar.
Users other than administrator profile can see the meetings of other users, if they have Public Read/Write/Delete or Public Read Only permission for the Activities module under Data Sharing Settings feature. This applies irrespective of the profile permission and role hierarchy. See Also Setting up Data Sharing Rules
Others who do not have the above mentioned permission will be able to see other users' meetings as per the role hierarchy in Zoho CRM.
Click on the My Meetings & Calls drop-down list and choose All User's Meetings & Calls to view other users' meetings.
Creating meetings from within the calendar is quick and easy. You can either click the Create link or click on a date or time slot in the calendar to create meetings. Once created, these meetings will be available under the Activities tab also. By default, Zoho CRM provides the following fields while creating a meeting from the calendar.
Title - Name of the meeting
Location - Where the meeting is held
All day - Is it an all day meeting
From & To - Date and time of the meeting
Repeat - When the meeting is schedules on a regular basis
Participants - People invited for the meeting
Reminder - A reminder for the meeting
The form that you fill in to add an meeting can be customized. You can add or remove fields in the form, except for the above mentioned default fields that are important for the record Additionally, you can also mark fields as mandatory. See Also Edit Page Layout
To create meetings from calendar
Click the Create link in the calendar and select Meeting. You can also click on the date or time slot in the calendar and create meetings.
Specify the Title of the meeting and Location.
Select the All Day check box if you want to mark it as an all day meeting.
Select the From and To date and time. For an all day meeting, the option to set time is not available.
From the Host drop-down list, choose the name of a user who will host the meeting. The users listed in the Host drop-down will be based on your role hierarchy. The meeting will be created in the calendar of the user who is hosting the meeting.
Select Leads, Contacts, or Other modules to specify what the meeting is related to.
Click the Change link, if you want to schedule the meeting to repeat on a daily, weekly, monthly or yearly basis. By default the Repeat option is None.
Click the Add link, if you want to invite participants to the meeting. You can select contacts, leads, user, and users from roles, groups, territories, etc. By default the Participants option is None. You can also specify the email address of contacts that are not in your Zoho CRM account and invite them to the meeting.
Set a Reminder for the meeting. By default, when you create an meeting, the reminder settings will be set based on the calendar preferences of the user who is hosting the meeting. However, you can change that, if required.
Click Add more fields if you need other fields to be populated to add more details about the meeting.
Business Holidays and Shift Holidays cannot be used as dates to create meetings using Calendar. An error indicating the unavailability will be shown.
From within the calendar, you can schedule calls. You can either click the Create link or click on a future date or time slot in the calendar to schedule calls. Once created, these calls will be available under the Activities tab also. By default, Zoho CRM provides the following fields while adding a scheduled call from the calendar.
Subject - Subject for the call.
Call Type - By default it is Outgoing, as they are scheduled calls.
Call Purpose- The purpose of the call such as negotiation, prospecting, demo, etc.
Contact Name and Related To - Contact or other related record to the call.
Call Details - This included the call date and start time.
Owner - User who is the owner of the record or to whom the call is assigned.
Reminder - A reminder for the call
To add scheduled calls from calendar
Click the Create link in the calendar and select Call. You can also click on the date or time slot in the calendar and add scheduled calls.
Specify the Subject of the call. By default the Call Type will be Outbound.
Select the Call Purpose from the drop-down list.
Select Leads, Contacts, or Other modules to specify what the call is related to.
Enter the call's date and start time details.
Select the Owner from the drop-down list.
Set a Reminder for the call. The reminder settings in the Calendar Preferences will not be taken into consideration as it is set for meetings only.
Click Add more fields if you need other fields to be populated to add more details about the call.
As per the role hierarchy, you will be able to access calendars of other users in the organization. You can add meetings/calls in their calendar too. When you create a meeting/call in your calendar, but choose another user as the host/owner of the record, the meeting will be added to host's/record owner's calendar.
When you click on a meeting in the calendar, you can see some meeting details. These details can be customized in the Page Layout Settings so that in a quick glance, users can view only the details that are most important.
You can view the meetings and calls in the Day, Week or Month view.
When participants are invited for a meeting, you will have the option to first cancel the meeting, inform the invited people via email and only then will you be able to delete the meeting.
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