Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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The People Pane
The People Pane
New in Outlook 2010 is the People pane—an assembled-on-the-fly dashboard of info
about each of your contacts. The People pane brings together up-to-date information
about a contact: recent email messages, email attachments you’ve exchanged,
upcoming meetings you’ve both got scheduled. A single click opens any of these items.
But the People pane does more than that. If you use Outlook Social Connector (see
the box on page 302), you can add a contact as a friend on social networking sites
like MySpace or LinkedIn (with other sites, like Facebook, Windows Live, and
Twitter to come), see his profile photo, and keep track of status messages and activities—
right from Outlook. So, for example, you can see if someone in your Windows Live
network has added a new item to a shared SkyDrive folder or posted a new status
message on Facebook.
To open the People pane, select an email either from your inbox or another mail
folder or, open a contact’s window. In the lower-right corner of the screen is an up
arrow. Click that to expand the People pane (Figure 11-9 shows an example).
A look at the People
pane tucked inside
your inbox. Click any
tab inside the pane to
see information about
a contact’s activities,
meetings, or status
The People pane
Some early users feel that the People pane takes up a lot of screen real estate. If you’re
not using the pane, you can collapse it by clicking the down arrow in its
upperright corner. You can also turn it off altogether. In the main Outlook window, select
View ➝ People Pane ➝ Off (Alt, W, PP, O).
Later, if you get lonely and want this fella back, head to the View tab; click People
Pane and then select either Normal (Alt, W, PP, N), to restore the full-sized pane, or
Minimized (Alt, W, PP, M), to restore the small bar at the bottom of the Reading pane.