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Chapter 1. Fundamental Features: How Did You Ever Do without Outlook?

In This Chapter

  • Reading and creating e‐mail

  • Sending files by e‐mail

  • Entering appointments and contacts

  • Checking your calendar

  • Entering tasks

  • Taking notes

Outlook is easier to use than you might think; it also does a lot more than you might realize. Even if you use only about 10 percent of Outlook's features, you'll be amazed at how this little program can streamline your life and spiff up your communications. People get pretty excited about Outlook — even if they take advantage of only a tiny fraction of what the package can do. I'm kicking off this book with “Outlook's Greatest Hits,” the things you'll want to do with Outlook every single day. The list sounds simple enough: sending e‐mail, making appointments, and so on. But there's more here than meets the eye; Outlook does ordinary things extraordinarily well. I know you want to do the same, so read on.

Easy Ways to Do Anything in Outlook

Well, okay, maybe you can't use Outlook to decipher hieroglyphics — but if you learn a little about some basic techniques, you can do a lot in Outlook — click an icon to do something, view something, or complete something.

Using Outlook is so simple, I can sum it up in just a few how‐to sentences to cover the most common tasks:

  • Open an item and read it: Double‐click the item.

  • Create a new item: Click an icon in the Navigation Pane, click the New button in the toolbar at the top of the screen, and fill out the form that appears. When ...

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