Outlook Express has enough features and configuration options to fill a very thick book. You can see them for yourself by choosing Tools→Options from the Outlook Express window (see Figure 12-7). Here’s an overview of some of the features you’ll find.
Figure 12-7. The Options dialog box has ten tabs, each loaded with options. Most tabs have buttons that open additional dialog boxes. Coming in 2006: Outlook Express Options: The Missing Manual.
Most of the controls on the General tab govern what Outlook Express does when you first launch it. Take note of the options for configuring automatic connection to your ISP. You can select the option to check for messages every few minutes, and then use the drop-down list to tell Outlook Express how, and whether, to connect at that time—if you’re not already online.
Use these options to establish how the program handles messages in the Inbox. One of these options marks a message as having been read—changing its typeface from bold to non-bold—if you leave it highlighted in the list for five seconds or more, even without opening it. That’s one option you may want to consider turning off. (This is also where you choose the font you want to use for the messages you’re reading, which is an important consideration.)
You can add a return receipt to messages you send. When the recipient reads your ...