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Western Connecticut State University presents:. Microsoft ® Office Outlook ® 2007 Training: Getting Started. We will be looking at…. The program layout Composing messages Reading messages -Replying -Deleting messages -Printing messages Using the Calendar

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Western Connecticut State Universitypresents:

Microsoft® Office Outlook®2007 Training:Getting Started

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We will be looking at…

  • The program layout

  • Composing messages

  • Reading messages

  • -Replying

  • -Deleting messages

  • -Printing messages

  • Using the Calendar

  • Creating and managing Contacts

  • Basic Mail Management

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Opening Outlook 2007

Go to Start, All Programs, Microsoft Office, then click on Microsoft Office Outlook 2007.

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The Outlook 2007 Window

Menu Bar

Standard Toolbar

Reading Pane

To Do Bar

View Pane

Navigation Pane

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Navigation pane -Mail

Favorite Folders

Mail Folders


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Navigation Options

  • Mail – the main area where you can read,

  • compose, receive and send email.

  • Calendar – the scheduler, or planner, where

  • you can set and manage appointments and

  • tasks.

  • Contacts – contains your contact list where you

  • can store names, e-mail addresses, and other

  • information.

  • Tasks – the task list where you can create and

  • manage tasks

  • Notes – the notes page where you can create

  • and manage notes

  • Folder List – displays all folders in a hierarchical

  • format.

  • Shortcuts – displays shortcuts.

Get up to speed

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Reading pane

Favorite Folders

Mail Folders

Navigation Pane

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Reading pane options

You can set your reading pane to look just like Lotus Notes.

Click on ‘View’ > ‘Reading Pane’ > ‘Bottom’.

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The To-Do Bar

Located at the far right of the window, the To-Do Bar is visible wherever you happen to be working in Outlook.

The To-Do Bar is there to help you keep track of upcoming tasks and appointments.

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The To-Do Bar

Located at the far right of the window, the To-Do Bar is visible wherever you happen to be working in Outlook.

The picture calls out a few of its key elements:

Date Navigator

Upcoming calendar appointments

A place to enter new tasks by typing

Your task list

Get up to speed

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The first time you create a message in Outlook 2007 (or open one you receive), you’ll see the Ribbon.

It’s the band across the top of the window.

Get up to speed

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Create a new message

It’s time to look at writing and sending an e-mail message using Outlook 2007.

In a new message, first get oriented to the Ribbon. The Message tab is on top, with the commands you’re most likely to use every time you create and send a message.

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Introducing the Ribbon

Here’s a new e-mail message. The Ribbon is at the top of the window.

The Ribbon is visible each time you create or edit something in Outlook.

The formatting of the Ribbon is very similar to that of Word 2007. So, if you have used Word 2007, you should get the hang of this Ribbon.

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A closer look at the Ribbon

To better help you learn how to use the Ribbon, here’s a guide to its basic arrangement.

Tabs: The Ribbon is made up of different tabs, each related to specific kinds of work you do in Outlook.

Groups: Each tab has several groups that show related items together.

Commands: A command is a button, a box to enter information, or a menu.

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The Ribbon shows what you need

Once again, you’ll encounter the Ribbon when you take certain actions such as creating messages, calendar entries, or contacts.

The Ribbon shows tabs and commands appropriate for what you’re doing.

That is, the tabs on the Ribbon will differ depending on the area of Outlook you’re working in.

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The Ribbon shows what you need

The picture shows some of these differences.

A new message shows the Message and Options tabs.

A new appointment shows the Appointment tab.

A new contact shows the Contact tab.

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The Quick Access Toolbar

The Quick Access Toolbar is a small toolbar above the Ribbon.

It’s there to make the commands you need and use most often readily available.

What’s best about the Quick Access Toolbar? What’s on it is up to you.

That is, you can add your favorite commands to it with a simple right-click.

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The Quick Access Toolbar

You’ll see and use different Quick Access Toolbars depending on the area of Outlook that you’re working in.

For example, customizations that you make to the Quick Access Toolbar for messages you send will not appear on the Quick Access Toolbar for Contacts.

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There’s more than meets the eye

A small arrow at the bottom of a group means there’s more available than what you see.

This button is called the Dialog Box Launcher.

The picture shows that to see a full list of font options, you’d click the arrow next to the Basic Text group on the Message tab of a new e-mail message.

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Create a new message

Using other tabs

If you’re having trouble finding a command or button, you may need to look on another tab.

For example, to insert a picture so that it appears in line with the text of your message (not as a separate attachment), you’ll need to switch to the Insert tab.

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Use the Address Book to add recipients

Do you use the Address Book to add names to the To, Cc, and Bcc fields?

You’ll find the Address Book command on the Message tab.

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Use the Address Book to add recipients

The address list for the University is referred to the “Global Address List”.

In Lotus Notes, you used to search by last name, then first name. When searching for contacts in Outlook, you must search the first name then last name.

To add the contact to the mail message, Click on “To”, “CC” or “Bcc” to add the contact to the message.

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Show or hide the Bcc field

If you prefer to type e-mail addresses directly in the To and Cc boxes, you may also want to know how you can show the Bcc field so that you can type names there, too.

The picture shows the location of the Show Bcc command.

As you can see, you’ll find it on the Options tab.

Note: You should only have to do this the first time.

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Using Check Names

If you are typing a name of a student, faculty

or staff member directly into the To, Cc, or

Bcc fields, you will need to check that the

name you typed matches the entry in the

Global Contacts.

To check the name(s), click the Check Names

button, or press Ctrl + K on your keyboard

To choose the proper recipient from the Check Names list: click on the recipient, and click OK.

The name should then show up as underlined in the To, Cc, or Bcc box, seen below.

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The Mini toolbar

The Mini toolbar allows you to quickly access formatting commands right where you need them: in the body of an e-mail message.

The picture shows how it works:

Select your text by dragging with your mouse, and then point at the selection.

The Mini toolbar appears in a faded fashion. If you point to it, it becomes solid. You can click a formatting option.

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Include your signature

Do you use a personal e-mail signature at the end of your Lotus Notes messages?

You can create signatures for use in Outlook as well.

A signature is a block of text automatically appended at the bottom of an e-mail message.

It usually contains your name, title, organization, and business contact information.

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Include your signature

To create a signature, start by clicking the arrow under the Signature command.

Any signatures that you create will show up here.

To create new signatures, set a default signature, or modify existing signatures, click Signatures.

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Use Spell Check

You can use Spell Check to double-check for spelling and grammar mistakes.

To use Spelling & Grammar, click on the Spelling button in the Proofing group, located on the Message tab.

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Include a picture in line with text

In Outlook, it’s easy to send pictures in the body of your e-mail messages instead of as separately attached files.

To do this:

Click the Picture command on the Insert tab.

As shown in the illustration, you’ll see a picture in the body of the message.

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Picture this: tabs that come and go

The discussion of pictures provides an opportunity to explain one more thing about the Ribbon:

Some tabs only appear when you do specific tasks.

For example, when you:

Select a picture that you’ve inserted into a message…

…you’ll see that Picture Tools appear on the Ribbon.

The Format tab includes commands that you can use to edit the picture before you send it.

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Include an attachment

Where you’ll find Attach File

Including an attachment is a common activity, so you’ll find Attach File on both the Message tab and the Insert tab.

You’ll use the Attach File command found on the Insert tab on the Ribbon.

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How others receive attachments that you send

Office 2007 documents each have a new file format (.docx, .xlsx, .pptx)

When sending attachments of documents created in Office 2007 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc), others should not have any trouble opening attachments that you send, as long as they have Office 2007.

All faculty and staff should be using Office 2007, so there should not be a problem within the university. However, please be aware that not everyone outside of the university may be using Office 2007. If you are unsure, ask the recipient(s), or send the document in the 97-2003 format (.doc, .xls, .ppt). This format can be chosen from ‘File’ > ‘Save As..’ in that Office program.

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Reading Mail

To view a message, you can click on the message in the Mail pane, and the message will show up in the Reader Pane.

You can also double-click on the message to view it in a separate window.

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Reading Mail

The Inbox icon on the left is bolded when there are new messages, and indicates the number of unread messages.

In Lotus Notes, new messages were indicated in red.

In Outlook, new messages are bolded and in black.

When you receive new messages, a pop-up will appear on the bottom right corner of your screen when Outlook is open.

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Reading Mail in the Reading Pane

Options to Reply, Reply to All, Forward, and create a new message are all on the top toolbar above the Reading Pane.

You can click on the button to delete messages in the Mail pane, or press the Delete key on the keyboard if the message is selected.

You can click on the button to print messages.

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Reading Mail in a separate window

If you choose to double click on a message, and open it in a separate window, you will see the screen below:

You will have all of the same message options as you would in the Reading Pane, such as Reply, Reply to All, Forward, and Delete. There are other options listed as well.

Many of these features are covered in the Advanced class.

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Preview attachments before you open them

Some attached files can be previewed right from the Reading Pane.

Attachment previewing allows you to display previews of certain file types right from the Outlook Reading Pane. You can do this without having to open the attached files.

To preview an attachment, click its icon. The attachment preview appears in the Reading Pane.

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Preview attachments before you open them

  • File previewers that come with the 2007 Microsoft Office system allow you to preview the following files in Microsoft Office Outlook 2007:

  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 items.

  • Microsoft Office Word 2007 documents.

  • Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 presentations.

  • Microsoft Office Excel 2007 worksheets.

  • Microsoft Office Visio 2007 drawings.

  • Images and text files.

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Respond to a message

E-mail isn’t just about sending…

…it’s also about receiving and replying.

When you reply from an open message, you’ll use the buttons in the Respond group on the Message tab of the Ribbon.

You’ll notice that what’s on the Ribbon in a received message is different from what’s on it for a new mail message.

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The Calendar view

Click on the Calendar button in the Navigation page to view the calendar.

Get up to speed

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The Calendar view

The design of the calendar in Outlook 2007 makes it easy to see what’s what.

The picture shows some examples:

Big buttons make it easy to quickly switch between daily, weekly, and monthly calendar views.

Back and Forward buttons let you quickly go to the next day, week, or month in the calendar.

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The Calendar view

The design of the calendar in Outlook 2007 makes it easy to see what’s what.

The picture shows some examples:

Also new is the Tasks area. It shows your current and upcoming tasks and tracks your accomplishments, too.

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Setting up an Appointment

To create a new appointment, you can click ‘New’, then ‘Appointment’.

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Setting up an Appointment

Outlook isn’t just about e-mail.

It’s also about organizing your time, which you do in the calendar.

When you create or open an item in your calendar, you’ll see that the Ribbon shows groups and commands appropriate for helping you manage your time.

Get up to speed

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Setting up an Appointment

When you create any type of calendar entry, a reminder is set automatically.

To change the reminder time for an appointment:

On the Appointment tab, click the arrow to open the Reminder list and then select a time.

Once you’ve made a change, click Save & Close on the far left of the Ribbon.

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Want to create a meeting? Invite others

An appointment is just for yourself.

When others are involved, create a meeting.

On the Appointment tab, click Invite Attendees.

A To button and box appear. Type names directly in the box or click the To button to add invitees by selecting from a list.

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Create an Out of Office Notification

Just like in Lotus Notes, you can create an Out of Office message using the Out of Office Assistant

To create an Out of Office message, click on ‘Tools’ on the top toolbar, then choose ‘Out of Office Assistant’.

Get up to speed

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Create an Out of Office Notification

To create an Out of Office message, select ‘Send Out of Office auto-replies’. You can also specify a time range by checking ‘Only send during this time range’.

Next, you can type a customized message that will be used to auto-reply to messages sent by others. You can set up messages for both inside and outside of your organization. When complete, click OK.

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Create a task

To create a new task from any screen,

Click on ‘File’, ‘New’, then ‘Task’.

You can then enter the task information,

and a follow-up date & time.

When complete, click on ‘Save & Close’.

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Create a task

Sometimes a message contains information about some action that you need to take.

Another method for creating a task is to drag a message from the Inbox over the Tasks button. This will create a new task, where you can enter additional information, change the subject, and set a follow-up date.

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Create a contact

Are you keeping a message around so that you’ll have a contact’s e-mail address handy? Here’s a better idea:

Create a contact entry in Contacts.

To create a new contact, go to File > New > Contact.

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Create a contact

Once the contact input screen is displayed, you can manually enter the contact’s information.

You can also choose the E-mail address from the Global Contacts List (University Directory) by clicking on the ‘E-mail’ button.

Once the entry is complete, click the Save & Close button.

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Creating a Distribution List

In Lotus Notes, a group of contacts was known as a ‘Group’. In Outlook, the group of contacts is referred to as a ‘Distribution List’.

To create a new Distribution List, click on ‘File’ > ‘New’ > ‘Distribution List’.

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Creating a Distribution List

Once the Distribution List screen is open, click on ‘Select Members’ in the Members group to add addresses from the Global Address List (WCSU Directory).

You can also add contacts manually by clicking on ‘Add New’. Once complete, click ‘Save & Close’.

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Creating folders

Previous lessons described ways to act on messages and ways to sort and organize them within a category.

But what if you want to sort messages into distinct groups and keep them separate from other messages (thereby getting them out of your Inbox)?

Folders can help you do this.

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Why create folders?

The picture shows an example of using folders: “Coho Winery” and “Contoso.”

You may already use a filing system in your office. Once you learn how to create folders, you can easily adapt any existing folder-naming system to Outlook.

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How to create a folder

Knowing why to create folders isn’t enough, of course.

In order to use folders, you need to know how to use them. Luckily, it’s simple.

To create a folder in your mailbox:

  • Right-click Mailbox.

  • Click New Folder on the shortcut menu, as shown in the picture.

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Move messages by dragging

Once you’ve created a folder, you can move one message or multiple messages to it by dragging.

The picture shows how to drag a single message from the list of messages to a folder in the Navigation Pane.

Click and hold the mouse on the message you wish to move, then drag the message to the folder.

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How do I access Outlookfrom off-campus?

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Outlook Web Access

Just like Lotus Notes, you can also check your email from off-campus.

You can access your mail by visiting

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Outlook Web Access

To log in, you will simply enter your Windows username and password. There is no longer a separate password used to access email via the web.

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Outlook Web Access

As you can see, the view is very similar to that of the Outlook client. The term client refers to the Outlook program installed on your computer.

For more information about using Outlook Web Access, you can refer to the resource card provided at the beginning of this presentation.

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For more information about advanced feature in Outlook, please sign up for the Outlook 2007: Advanced Mail Management class.

If you have any further questions about Outlook 2007, please contact