Outlook Express Tip and shortcuts for easy use

OUTLOOK EXPRESS TIPS WITH SHORTCUTS

1) As you fill your address book, the contents will appear in the Contacts area, located at the lower left of the screen. Double-click on a name in the Contacts area to quickly start a new e-mail message.
2) To edit information in your address book, click Addresses on the toolbar, select a contact, and then clickProperties on the address book toolbar. Or, you can right-click on a name in the Contacts area and click Properties.
3) Insert sounds in your messages!
In a new message, click the Format menu, click Background and then click Sound.
4) Create signatures to personalize your messages.
Click the Tools menu, then Options, and select the Signatures tab.
5) To insert a signature in a new message, click the Insert menu in the new message and then click Signature.
If you created multiple signatures, select the specific one you want to insert from the list
 
E-mail message icons
The following icons indicate message priority, whether messages have files attached, and whether messages are marked as read or unread.
 
News message icons
The following icons indicate whether a conversation (a topic and all of its responses) is expanded or collapsed, and whether messages and headers are marked as read or unread
 
6) Using Outlook Express keyboard shortcuts
You can use shortcut keys to select commands and navigate through the preview pane and the message list. Except where indicated, shortcuts apply to both e-mail and newsgroups
Main window, view message window, and send message window
To
Press
Open Help topics
F1
Select all messages
CTRL+A

Main window and view message window

To
Press
Print the selected message
CTRL+P
Send and receive e-mail
CTRL+M
Delete an e-mail message
DEL or CTRL+D
Open or post a new message
CTRL+N
Open the Address Book
CTRL+SHIFT+B
Reply to the message author
CTRL+R
Forward a message
CTRL+F
Reply to all
CTRL+SHIFT+R or CTRL+G (news only)
Go to your Inbox
CTRL+I
Go to the next message in the list
CTRL+> or CTRL+SHIFT+>
Go to the previous message in the list
CTRL+< or CTRL+SHIFT+<
View properties of a selected message
ALT+ENTER
Refresh news messages and headers
F5
Go to the next unread e-mail message
CTRL+U
Go to the next unread news conversation
CTRL+SHIFT+U
Go to a folder
CTRL+Y

Main Window

To
Press
Open a selected message
CTRL+O or ENTER
Mark a message as read
CTRL+ENTER or CTRL+Q
Move between the Folders list (if on), message list, preview pane, and Contacts list (if on).
TAB
Mark all news messages as read
CTRL+SHIFT+A
Go to a newsgroup
CTRL+W
Expand a news conversation (show all responses)
LEFT ARROW or PLUS SIGN (+)
Collapse a news conversation (hide messages)
RIGHT ARROW or MINUS SIGN (-)
Go to the next unread newsgroup or folder
CTRL+J
Download news for offline reading
CTRL+SHIFT+M

Message window-viewing or sending

To
Press
Close a message
ESC
Find text
F3
Find a message
CTRL+SHIFT+F
Switch among the Edit, Source, and Preview tabs
CTRL+TAB

Message window-sending only

To
Press
Check names
CTRL+K or ALT+K
Check spelling
F7
Insert a signature
CTRL+SHIFT+S
Send (post) a message
CTRL+ENTER or ALT+S

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