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Thursday, May. 21, 2009
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Law Practice Management Tip of the Week

Rosier Outlook: Microsoft Outlook e-mail tricks and treats

If you’re using Microsoft Office Outlook for your e-mail, it’s a virtual certainty that you’re not using all of the robust features offered through the product. Of course, it’s also a virtual certainty that you will never have enough time to learn of all of those robust features anyway. However, if you’re using Outlook only to send and receive e-mail, there are some easy-to-use additional features that you can apply to your use of the program in order to increase your efficiency and to control your e-mail flood. Some of these quick fixes involve creating e-mail signatures, sending e-mails directly to created folders outside of your inbox and setting and resetting your junk e-mail folder options.

You can learn about these features, and many others, at the clearinghouse for all things Microsoft Office (including Microsoft Outlook), the Microsoft Office Online Home page. From the Home page, you can search for specific topics, wend your way through how-to presentations and find particular product pages. Use your product Home page to maneuver through the learning options for your version of Outlook. Favorite your product page. Make it a point to learn one more new thing about Outlook every month. You use e-mail everyday, all day long. A minimal time investment in training can produce big net results over time.

There are also a couple of other Web hotspots you can check out, too, if you wish to improve your fluency with Outlook. The official Outlook team blog is a great resource. Adriana Linares (who was one of the speakers at the American Bar Association’s very first TECHSHOW Roadshow, which was hosted by the MBA this February) frequently presents Outlook tips (in a winning style, by the way) at her blog, I Heart Tech.

And, when you learn to embrace Outlook, you’ll heart tech, too.

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