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Chapter 3. On the Fast Track: Drag 'til You Drop

In This Chapter

  • Doing the drag and drop

  • Creating and sending e‐mail messages

  • Creating Contact records

  • Deleting information

Typing — ugh! Who needs it? It's amazing to think that we still use a 19th century device — the typewriter keyboard — to control our computers in the 21st century. We appear to be stuck with the QWERTY keyboard (the standard we all know and, uh, love) for a while longer, but we can give our carpal tunnels a rest now and then: By using the mouse, trackball, or touchpad, we can drag and drop rather than hunt and peck.

Drag

When I say drag, I'm not referring to Monty Python's men in women's clothing. I mean the process of zipping items from one place to another with quick, easy mouse moves rather than slow, laborious menu choices. Throughout the rest of this book, I tell you how to do nearly everything in Outlook by the menu method only because it's the clearest way to explain how to do most things reliably. But if you want to work quickly in Outlook, drag and drop is the ticket to the simple and speedy completion of your tasks.

Before you can drag an item, you have to select it, which simply means to click the item once. Then the rest of the process is straightforward:

  • Dragging means clicking your mouse on something and moving the mouse to another location while holding the mouse button down at the same time. The item you're dragging moves with the mouse pointer.

  • Dropping means letting go of the mouse button. The mouse pointer ...

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