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.