Participate in ‘Clean Out Your Inbox Week’

Taking control of your Inbox is a perennial topic, one that we’ve addressed several times with our Inbox bootcamp and New Year’s clean-up resolution. MSNBC has a fresh take on how to deal with your overflowing inbox and calls for workers to take part in “Clean Out Your Inbox Week.” Productivity experts suggest you commit…

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Use Clean Up to zap unnecessary mails in Outlook 2010

It’s January, so you’ve no doubt resolved to take control of your Inbox (a perennial favorite that never goes out of style!). One tool that can help is the Clean Up button in Outlook 2010. First, select a mail folder you want to clean up. While it can clean up conversations, you don’t actually need…

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New Year’s resolutions you can resolve with Office and Windows

It’s 2011, and if you’re like me, you know there are some things you should have mastered last year that you didn’t get to – so you resolve to tackle them when the calendar rolls over. Here are 65 popular tasks we frequently hear that customers want to learn – and which Productivity Hub can…


Clear the e-mail clutter with Ignore and Move in Outlook 2010

If you’re like me, you spend a chunk of your day sifting through your e-mails looking for the ones that require action and deleting the ones that don’t pertain to you. Well, that’s what I used to do, anyway. With Outlook 2010, if a mail conversation comes in on a topic that I don’t have…


Make your unread messages really stand out

By default, your unread messages in Outlook display the sender and date in bold, but this is a little subtle. You can increase the font size and even turn the text another color to really make them stand out. From the View menu, select Current View and then Customize Current View: Click the Automatic Formatting…


Outlook Rules That Rule – Forward mails based on keywords

I keep a lookout for useful Outlook rules (and anything else that keeps my Inbox manageable) and recently stumbled across a great, practical one. If you receive mails from customers or other sources that require a response or action and have team members who are subject matter experts to help you deal with them, you…

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Resolve to clean up your Outlook for the New Year

It’s that time of year when people make resolutions to do things better, and one promise that I hear often is to clean up their Outlook mail folders. Fortunately, Outlook 2007 makes this easy with the Mailbox Cleanup tasks found on the Tools menu: First, check to see how you’re doing in terms of usage…


Inbox Boot camp Day 3: Turn critical mails into actions

Yesterday, we looked at cleaning out your Inbox with advanced rules. Today, we’ll see how you can manage the mails that are left. Have you ever looked at an email, and thought, oh, I have to DO something about this, but then another issue took priority (lunch?) and you forgot about it, only to have…


Outlook Shortcut

I was just chatting with one of my co-workers, the one I call Queen of Data. She told me about her favorite Outlook shortcut. It’s great to use if you like shortcuts and keep your emails in folders in your inbox. (Instead of sending to OneNote). Select the mail you want to move into a…