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- Customizing the look and feel of the Ribbon in Outlook
- Creating Quick Steps
- Using the enhanced search functionality
- Viewing multiple schedules
- Reading email via threaded conversations
- Using the new inbox clean-up tools
Skill Level Appropriate for all
Overall, Outlook's new look and feel is designed to give Outlook a less cluttered appearance that makes it easier to see your work at hand. Now these changes are all fairly minor, but they're nice to be aware of them going into the program. First thing you're going to notice is that the Folder list, or the Navigation Bar, off here on this side has been reordered slightly. In the older versions of Outlook, you probably used to seen your Deleted Items folder and your Junk E-Mail folder at the top of the list and then the Inbox slightly lower. In the newer versions, the Inbox has been moved to the top, to make it a little bit easier to find.
Another feature that's been changed is the fact that our fonts are now a little bit larger and easier to read. You'll also notice that the bars that surround these other areas of Outlook, on the Navigation Bar, have now been squared. They no longer had a rounded effect that we saw in the older versions. One of the not so earth-shattering changes in the program is the fact that the plus signs that we used to open and close folders have been replaced by the more modern triangle.
So if we want to open a folder we simply click on the triangle. If we want to close it again, we click on the triangle again to close it. One of the other appearance changes is the ability to change colors in Outlook. In older versions, we weren't able to change the colors, but in the new version, we have a couple of choices. The default is the dilver or gray color that you're seeing here, but if you'd like to have a little bit more artistry in your Outlook, you can change that color by going up to the File menu, going down to the Options, and you notice that we have the Color scheme options right here.
I'm going to change that default silver color to the blue and click on OK. And I'm now seeing a lovely shade of blue that hopefully matches the decor of my office a little bit better. We're pretty set in our ways and don't always relish change. You'll be having a note that many of the changes in Outlook 2010 are cosmetic ones that you'll be able to adapt to very quickly.
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