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Make the switch to Outlook 2013
Make the switch to Outlook 2013

A first look at Outlook 2013

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In this video, take an in depth look at Outlook 2013: from starting it up, to organizing and formatting your email. Also learn about the three major places to find things: in the workspace, on the ribbon, and in the Backstage.

This is what you see when you open Outlook 2013.

You have a folder list, with an Inbox; a list of messages; a Reading Pane; navigation and task bar; and the commands on the ribbon.

All the basic parts of Outlook are about the same as they were before; The commands are just organized differently to help you work faster.

For example, the commands you use most often are right where you're working.

If I'm looking through my messages, I can click here to change the completion status, or here to delete a message or click here to mark a message as unread.

At the top of a list, you can filter and search items. Click here to view only unread mail.

And of course, there are all the common mouse actions, like dragging to move something; double-clicking to open something; and right-clicking to find options related to the object you're pointing to.

And if you really want to work fast, you can use most of your favorite keyboard shortcuts, like CTRL+N to open a new item.

There are some new mouse actions too, like hovering over an appointment to view a peek with more information.

And when you're editing text, you can point to a selection and the mini-toolbar appears for doing quick formatting tasks like changing the font size.

But what if you can't find a way to do something down here? Well, you'll probably find it on the ribbon.

We'll look at that in more detail in the next video

Now if you can't find a command in the workspace or ribbon, you'll find it in the backstage.

This is where you'll find the commands and options you only need to get to once in a while, like Account Settings; options for managing Rules and Alerts; and running Mailbox Cleanup.

So, that's a first look at Outlook 2013. Up next, let's take a closer look at the ribbon.

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