In Outlook, information is organized in folders. When you first start Outlook, the Inbox folder is opened. Use the Inbox to read and send e-mail messages, meeting requests, and task requests.
To create a message, click the File menu, point to New, and then click Mail Message. Type recipient names in the To and Cc boxes. Type the subject of the message in the Subject box, and then type the message in the text box. When you are ready to send the message, click Send.
To quickly go to another part of Outlook, click a shortcut icon on the Outlook Bar to the left of the Inbox. For example, click Calendar to open your Calendar folder. The Folder Banner [horizontal bar above the information viewer] shows the name of the open folder. To see a complete list of your folders, click the folder name in the Folder Banner.
Features in Outlook 2003
- Outlook® Today gives you a customizable quick overview of your e-mail calendar, and task information in one place. Easily access Outlook Today from the icon in your Outlook Bar or display it as your default view when you start Outlook to quickly prioritize your work.
- Create a shortcut in the Outlook Bar to any file, folder or Web page. Click on an Outlook Bar shortcut to a Web page to display the related Web page in the right-hand pane of Outlook for frequently used Web sites or pages.
- Send and receive your e-mail in HTML format to make messages as rich and compelling as content on the Web.
- Take advantage of Outlook’s Internet protocol support for POP3/SMTP, IMAP4, LDAP, NNTP, S/MIME, HTML Mail, vCard, and iCalendar.
- Use the innovative Find tool to quickly find messages, appointments or tasks using a Web-style search to specify the desired information.
- Bring order to your life by using the Organize Tool button on the toolbar to easily organize the contents of a folder, set up rules and even filter out junk e-mail.
- Publish your personal or team calendar as a Web page using a single command.
- Create and store your personal distribution lists along with your contacts in your Contacts folder.
- Manage mass mailings with Mail Merge for e-mail, fax or print distribution to selected or all contacts based on any set of contact fields.
- Use the Activities tab on a contact item to dynamically track and view all activity related to a contact such as e-mail, appointments and tasks.