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In Outlook 2007 Power Shortcuts, author David Diskin shares an assortment of time-saving tips and tricks to maximize efficiency and productivity in Outlook 2007. The course covers tips for organizing and sending email, working with tasks, scheduling appointments, and maintaining contact lists. Also included are tutorials on email etiquette, Outlook customization, and much more. A quick reference guide to shortcut keys accompanies the course.
There are a few other panes of information within Outlook that can be customized. In this video, I'll be discussing the Reading Pane, To-Do bar and the Daily Task List. You should already be familiar with the Reading Pane, which shows us the message that we currently have selected here. I can adjust the width of the Reading Pane by clicking and dragging the vertical bar here to the right or left. When we view a message in the Reading Pane it may also mark the message as having been Read. To change this behavior, I can go to Outlook's Options.
I'll pull down the Tools menu and choose Options, then go to the Other tab and choose Reading Pane. Here I can change the behavior of the Reading Pane so that it does or does not mark the message as Read after I've selected it. On the right of the screen is the To- Do bar, which shows us our Calendar, upcoming appointments, and tasks. If I right-click in a vacant area near the Calendar I can turn off the Calendar, appointments or tasks.
If I choose Options, I can specify how many months to see, how many upcoming appointments to see, and whether or not the tasks should appear. And finally, the Daily Task List also allows some simple customization. The Daily Task List appears on the bottom of the Calendar, showing the tasks for each day. If I right-click here, I can change the display of the tasks to show them by their Start Date or Due Date and whether or not the Completed Tasks should appear. Now the Completed Tasks automatically appear with a line through them but if I turn this off they are removed from the display.
And to wrap-up Chapter 8, let's head to the final video where I'll show you how to customize the Quick Access Toolbars.
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