Starting Outlook in something other than Inbox

It’s so common, I don’t even think about it any longer… when you start Outlook, it opens up in the Inbox. However, I saw a posting today by Jason Womack that tossed out the assumption that you *have* to start Outlook that way. Here’s how you can open it up in any folder you’d like…

Using the Read Aloud feature in Outlook

Have you ever gotten an email from someone that looks more like a novel than a request? Have you wished you could just have someone read it to you while you focus on something else? Well, with the Read Aloud feature in Outlook, you can now do that! Here’s how…

Closing original emails in Outlook when replying or forwarding…

As I get older, I find that my mind is much more… “efficient” when it comes to “erasing” short-term memory… such as “why did I have this particular email open on my screen, and did I already respond to it?” Well, I just saw an option in Outlook that closes the original email when you do a Reply or Forward, eliminating all the screen clutter. Here’s how it works…

Using the new Tap feature in Outlook

When you’re putting together an email, sometimes you need to pull content from a Word, Excel, or PowerPoint file you’ve worked on. There’s a new feature in Outlook 2016 (and in Word 2016) called Tap. This will show you slides, images, charts, objects, or any other item you have in files stored in OneDrive, and make it easy for you to add it to your email or document. Here’s how…

Making your voice heard at Microsoft – UserVoice sites for our relevant software

Hardly a day goes by that we don’t get a question from someone along the lines of “does do , and why doesn’t it?”. Or, there’s the “when will Microsoft change to allow us to do ” question. Bottom line… we don’t know, and we have virtually no sway to influence Microsoft to change their software… but you do!

Updating your Skype presence based on what you’re actually doing

Sandra shared a cool tip with me today. You know how when you have a meeting on your Outlook calendar and it ends early, your Skype presence indicator shows that you’re still in the meeting until it actually ends on the calendar? There’s a setting in Skype that allows the presence indicator to actually show based on what you’re doing, not just on what your calendar *says* you’re scheduled to be doing. Here’s how you set and/or change it…