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Let's take a moment now to explore the new user interface here in Outlook 2013. The very first time you go to launch Outlook, you will be prompted to connect to your existing email addresses. So if you have any, whether they'd be Exchange accounts, maybe IMAP, or POP accounts like a Hotmail account, all you need to do is type in your email address and password and Outlook does a really good job in getting you connected. That's what I've done and here I am now arriving at my mailbox. So let's talk about what we see in front of us.
The flat clean look we saw in the other programs in the Office Suite 2013, same thing here. The ribbon is flat, the buttons are flat it's a clean look and as we move over to the left-hand side with the navigation pane collapsed, notice that by default the envelope icon is selected, representing your mailbox, and it's broken up into separate boxes as well. The Inbox is by default what is selected, so you're looking at your Inbox and any new messages that appear with this blue bar down the left-hand side.
There's something called sneak peeks as well, as you hover over messages you can see little tools popping up. Maybe this is one you want to flag, you can click the flag, maybe you find a message that you no longer need, you can click Delete right from there. So it's very efficient the way it's organized here helping you to work more efficiently with your mail items. The same applies to other areas in Outlook. Let's move over to the left-hand side and down, don't click the calender icon, just hover over it and you'll notice a sneak peek that appears here as well.
Now as we move into the sneak peek area, it appears for me at least that I have nothing scheduled today, but as we click other days we might see items that are scheduled, like a Lunch and Learn. If I go to the 14, look at that, I have a Board Meeting and it'll show me the time. If I want more details or I want to go in there, I can double-click the item and it opens it up in a separate window where I can start editing my appointment. Notice I haven't had to switch over to calender to do it. When I'm done, I close it up and I'm still looking at my mailbox.
As we move down to our Contacts, if you have any contacts you'll see your Favorites are there as well, where you can right-click a person to add them to your Favorites if you wanted to. Same thing goes for any Tasks or To-do Lists that you might have created and there are Search fields as well, where you can go to Search for Task, Create New Tasks, etcetera. All right, let's go back to our Inbox now, and move over to the right-hand side, if you have a message in front of you, great. I want you to see something new here. Yes, we still have on the ribbon, on the Home tab, Reply, Reply to All, etcetera.
But you also have those options at the very top of the Message itself. So if I wanted to reply to somebody who sent me this message, I can click Reply, automatically I am going to see information at the top, who it's going to. I can CC people, the Subject is the same, and I can start typing in my reply. Ready to send it, I click the Send button and off it goes, didn't mean to Reply, no problem, I can discard this. Notice also there's Pop Out, so if you're accustomed to working in a separate window, click Pop Out, and your reply will appear in a separate window and you can then send it off from there and it'll close up.
But I kind of like the idea that I can do everything right from here, where I was looking, where I started in the first place. Let's click Discard if we don't actually want to send that off. So you'll see that across the top of all of your messages. So these are just some of the nice changes you'll find in the user interface here in Outlook 2013 to help you work more efficiently.
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