Chapter 16. Seeing It Your Way: Customizing

In This Chapter

  • Using views

  • Changing columns

  • Sorting lists

  • Grouping items in your table

  • Saving your own views

  • Customizing Outlook menus and toolbars

User interface is a fancy term for the arrangement of screens, menus, and doodads on your computer. The people who write computer programs spend lots of time and money trying to figure out how best to arrange stuff on the screen to make a program like Outlook easy to use.

But one person's dream screen can be another person's nightmare. Some people like to read words on the screen that say what to do; other people like colorful icons with pictures to click. Other people prefer to see information in neat rows and columns; still others like to see their information arranged more (shall we say) informally.

Outlook enables you to display your information in an endless variety of arrangements and views. There's even a button labeled Organize that shows you what choices are available for slicing and dicing the information you've saved in Outlook. This chapter shows you many of the best steps you can take after you click the Organize button.

Organizing Outlook

You can get a feel for how many ways Outlook can help organize your information by choosing Tools ⇨ Organize. (Wow. If only we had one of those buttons in real life.) If you can't figure out which icon in the toolbar is the Organize button, you'll see it pictured in the Tools menu next to the word Organize.

When you click the Organize button, a new section ...

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