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Learn how to leverage the power of Microsoft Outlook to stay on top of all your important connections. In this course, author Jess Stratton introduces you to navigating your email messages, calendar, and contacts in Outlook 2013. The course begins with a tour of the interface and shows how to connect to a wide variety of mail, social media, and cloud computing accounts, including IMAP and POP accounts, Facebook, LinkedIn, and even RSS feeds. Jess also shows how to quickly create, send, and read email and reduce your inbox clutter; organize, group, and share contacts; and stay on schedule with calendars and tasks.
One of the great features of Microsoft Outlook is the ability to connect Facebook and LinkedIn accounts right to your contacts. There's no add-in required, simply put in your User Name and Password and you are good to go. To Start, let's go to File>Info>Account Settings, and choose Social Network Accounts. From here I can choose which social networks I want to connect to. For example, if I already have a Facebook and LinkedIn account, I can place check marks beside those and add my information in.
I can place a check mark besides Facebook and put it in my User Name and Password. I do want to place a check mark besides By default, show photos and information from this network when available, because I want to see people's Facebook photos and LinkedIn photos. I am then going to come down to LinkedIn and do the same thing, because I also have an account there. I could add more, but I'm good for now. I'm going to click on Settings because there are couple more options I can change.
Here is where it's going to prompt me what do I want to do when these people update their status. Now Outlook can just update it without prompting me and pull in the new information, or it can prompt me when there is an update or it can just never update at all. In this case, I'm perfectly fine with Outlook automatically updating my Outlook client with people's new Facebook and LinkedIn status updates, so I'm going to choose, Update without prompting. I click OK, click Connect, and it's going to verify my User Names and Passwords for all their accounts.
In this case I have put in the wrong password, so I'm going to fix that. Click Connect and the two green check marks will let you know what they've been successfully added. We can click Finish, click Close at the Congratulations Screen, hit the Back button and now I can see at the bottom on the Status bar that it's updating LinkedIn; it's pulling in all the new information. When it's all done, I can close out of Outlook and come back in, to see what's changed.
Now if I select an email, you'll notice at the bottom of the screen, that all of a sudden it's pulled in my LinkedIn profile photo and I can expand the People pane and see Status updates. I can see the Facebook updates and I can tell that they are Facebook by the icon and I can also see LinkedIn, people who are connected to me, or anything that I posted. Now I can also go the People tab, click on a name, and if I go over here to View Source, I can see that I'm connected to them also via LinkedIn and Facebook.
If I want to change these accounts, or if I just want to get rid of them completely, I can go back to File, back to Info, click on Account Settings, Social Network Accounts and just click on this black X to delete the account completely. When I'm all done I can click Finish and they'll be completely removed from my Outlook client. So now you have a great profile experience to go along with existing people and incoming emails, such as the ability to see photos, LinkedIn activity and more.
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