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Getting Started with Outlook
Outlook is one of the most widely used programs in the world. The
latest version, called either Outlook 12 or Outlook 2007 (but
simply Outlook from here on) takes a great program and makes it even
better. What is it about Outlook that makes it the one indispensable program
on many people’s computers?
Outlook overview
Managing contacts
The way I look at it, Outlook is the digital version of a Swiss Army knife. It
doesn’t do just one or two things, it does a whole bunch of things — and
equally important, it does them well. You may not need all of Outlook’s
capabilities, but it’s a pretty sure bet that you need some of them.
Organizing information
How many people do you know who don’t use email? That’s one of Outlook’s
abilities. How about keeping track of contact information for friends, family,
and business associates? That’s another. Do you need to schedule meetings,
appointments, and social engagements? Outlook can help. This is what makes
Outlook so popular — it takes a bunch of commonly needed capabilities and
rolls them together into a single well-designed and easy-to-use program.
Reading news and other
The key concept here is productivity . Outlook is carefully designed to
integrate information and tasks in a way that will save you time, errors, and
This chapter gets you started with Outlook by taking you on a quick tour of
all the program features. I think this is the first step in learning any program —
you need to know what it can do before learning how to do it! After a look at all
the things you can do with Outlook, the chapter ends with some information
about what’s new in this version of Outlook.
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