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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.
Welcome to Outlook 2013! We're going to start right at the beginning so you'll know exactly how to launch Outlook and start working right away. Now there are a few different ways that you can launch it, I'm going to show you some things. So the first way to launch it is to actually just get to your Apps menu from the Windows 8 Start menu; we can do that by right-clicking and choosing All Apps. So here you can see a list of everything on your computer, and right here is Outlook 2013. At any time I could just click and launch it, but I'm going to right-click, because there are a couple of things that I want to do first.
The first one is down here at the bottom, I want to Pin to my Start menu. You won't see anything right away, in fact, I'm going to come right back up here and right-click again, and this time I'm going to choose Pin to Taskbar. So with those selected, now let's go see what's changed. I'm going to go back to my Start menu. So as you can see I've got this new tile here on the right that says Outlook 2013. I can actually take that tile, hold it down and drag it to move it wherever I want, so it's in a much more accessible place.
Now do you remember when we pinned it to the task bar? That's over here, if I come down here to Desktop and I get back to the traditional Widows Desktop, I can see that I've also got a new icon for Outlook 2013 right here. I'm going to go ahead and launch it from here. Okay, so now that we've got Outlook 2013 up and running, there's one more thing I want to show you. This is letting our computer know that Outlook is going to be used as our default Mail, Contact and Calendar application.
That means, any links that we click on to launch a new email, it will take us right into Outlook. To do that, we're going to go to File>Options, and when the Option screen launches, go over to the General tab and make sure there is a check mark beside your Start up options to make Outlook the default program for Email, Contacts and Calendar. When you're all done, click OK and you'll be brought back to Outlook. So now that we've launched Outlook, we can move on to actually start working with it.
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