Using the My Day feature on Outlook in the browser

Microsoft’s been doing a good job in getting the web-based Outlook client to feature-parity with the Outlook client. One of the latest additions to web-based Outlook is the My Day feature, which easily allows you to see your to-do and calendar in the main email page. Here’s how it works…

Meeting Insights in Mobile Outlook

If you live off your mobile device, you know it’s not very easy to look at a meeting on your calendar and find any related information that might help you prepare. Now in the mobile version of Outlook on iOS and Android, there’s a new feature called Meeting Insights, and it will gather any documents or emails that might be relevant for you. It’s a great example of how Microsoft is using machine learning to make you more efficient. Here’s what it looks like…

Dark Mode in the Outlook mobile app

It seems like 2019 has been the year of “Dark Mode” when it comes to having black background and white text on various applications and web sites. If you’re a regular user of Outlook on your mobile device, you can take advantage of that feature now. Here’s how to set it up…

Ending your meetings early in Outlook

In the latest version of the Outlook client, there’s a feature that allows you to set the default for meetings to end five or ten minutes early to give you time to get to your next meeting. Here’s how that works…

Using the Notes feature in Outlook

When going through my list of reading material from Twitter, I found a link to an article by Rob Woodgate titled What are Notes in Outlook and How Do You Use Them? I didn’t know that was buried in Outlook, and it’s a pretty cool way to keep “sticky notes” in Outlook for easy reference. Here’s how it works…

Keep better control on your time and inbox with Outlook’s Insights

OK… I have been looking forward to this feature rolling out for a VERY long time! I apparently have the latest updates to my Outlook client now, as this morning I saw the Insights add-on icon in the Ribbon Bar. To me, this is one of the most valuable uses of machine learning in Office 365 to help you stay on top of your Inbox and Calendar. Here’s what I saw this morning on my first visit to Insights…

Marking unread deleted emails in Outlook as read

This probably doesn’t bother anyone else like it bothers me… If I have a message in my Inbox that’s unread and I delete it (or if I have a rule that routes certain messages directly to the Deleted Items folder), it still shows as unread in my Deleted Items folder. And since I have my folders set to show the number of unread messages, I always have a number next to the Deleted Items folder that’s completely meaningless to me… and it annoys me. Yes, I’m old, so get off my lawn…

This tip shows you how to have any message (read or unread) that’s moved to the Deleted Items folder to be marked as read…