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Outlook 2013

Please Note: If Office 2013 is installed on a computer as an update to Office 2010 and you have previously used Outlook for your email you should not need to be setup again


If this is a newly imaged computer you will need to set up your email. For instructions on how to do this go here

Outlook 2013 has a wealth of messaging enhancements. Listed below are some useful examples to help you get the most out of it

Quickly switch between the main Outlook elements

Near the bottom of the screen, you will find a clearer view of Mail, Calendar, People, and Tasks, for easy navigation

One-click Unread-mail filter

With a myriad of e-mails coming in every day The likelihood is that your inbox is full of read and unread messages alike. In the Outlook 2010 you could view only unread email by clicking the Filter button and then choosing Unread. In Outlook 2013,its much simpler, there is an Unread link right at the top of your inbox. All you do is click it and you see only those messages marked as unread

Message preview

In the previous version of Outlook the inbox shows you the sender's name and subject line for each email. In order to see actual contents, you'd have to double-click it (or click it once to view it in the preview pane). Outlook 2013 has message preview (accessed in the View tab), which lets you preview one, two, or three lines of the message body inside the inbox. Meaning that you can scan messages without having to open each one individually

More about the Preview Pane

You can now reply to or forward an email directly from the Preview Pane. No need to use the ribbon


You can personalise Outlook. You have a choice of visual flourishes, including about a dozen themed backgrounds (calligraphy, clouds, stars, etc.), but only three colour schemes (white, light grey, and dark grey)

The People Card

The new People Card feature simplifies the process of keeping track of contacts by collecting all the key details about a contact in one place: phone, email, address, company info, social media updates, and even availability. From the card, you can schedule a meeting, send an instant message or give them a call

Zoom slider

Outlook 2013 now has a feature previously found in Word: the Zoom slider. Found in the lower-right corner of the preview pane, it lets you make quick and easy adjustments to the zoom level for the message you're viewing. The setting doesn't affect other messages in your inbox, and if you click away from one zoomed email and then click back to it, your zoom setting is lost

Attachment reminders

Outlook can now warn you when it seems that you have forgotten to include an attachment referenced in the main body of your message. It's a simple thing, but if you're constantly on the receiving end of "You forgot the attachment!" emails, this should help


Take a peek at your schedule, a specific appointment, or details about the person you're emailing with, without leaving your inbox. There ia no need to switch between different views