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Configuring Outlook
E-Mail Options

There are a variety of options you can use to configure how e-mail is handled in Outlook.
This is in several places that can be difficult to remember.

Hopefully the following section will help. The Basics Are:

  1. Changing Your View

  2. Adding a Signature

  3. Turning on the Spell Checker

  4. Automatically Emptying Deleted Mail

  5. Using Boilerplate Text

 

Changing Your View

By default, Outlook used the Outlook Bar across the left hand portion of the window. 
In addition, the Preview option is set to automatically show the first few lines of each e-mail in the lower right section.
To change these settings:

1. Select View 
2. From here you can select Outlook Bar or the more familiar Folder List
3. You can also have the Preview Pane - Which shows the first few lines in the lower right corner. Given the types of viruses, I would recommend turning off the Preview pane.
4. The other option is AutoPreview - This shows the first few lines right below each e-mail

Adding a Signature

You can have Outlook automatically add a signature to all new e-mails as well as replies or forwards. 

1. Go to Tools / Options 
2. Select Mail Format
3. Click on the Signature Picker button
4. Click on the New button
5. Enter a name for the new signature
6. Click on the Next button
7. Enter in the text you want to appear in your signature.
8. Click on the Finish button when you are done
9. If you want to have your signature used when you reply or forward e-mail, uncheck the box Don't use when replying or forwarding.

Turning on the Spell Checker

By default, Outlook does not spell check your e-mail. To turn this feature on:

1. Go to Tools / Options
2. Click on the Spelling tab
3. Check Always check spelling before sending

Automatically Emptying Deleted Mail

By default, Outlook does not remove files from the Deleted folder when you exit the application. To do this:

1. Go to Tools / Options
2. Click on the Other tab
3. Check Empty the Deleted Items folder upon exiting
When you exit Outlook, you will now be prompted if you want to empty the Deleted Folder items. If you do not even want to be prompted and just have them automatically deleted:
4. Click on the Advanced Options button
5. Uncheck Warn before permanently deleting items

Using Boilerplate Text

If you need to frequently use the same replies for e-mail, you can insert prepared text into your e-mails. This involves two steps. First is to create the text. Second is to insert it into your e-mail

Creating the Text

By default, Outlook will look at the My Documents folder for the text so this is where you will create your text files.

1. Open up the Explorer
2. Go to the My Documents folder
3. Right click on the right side
4. Select New / Text Document
5. Give it a name that will reflect the type of text you will use. Make sure you leave the .txt extension
6. Double click on the file which will open up Notepad to a blank screen
7. Enter in the text you want to use
8. Select File / Save and exit Notepad

Inserting the Text

This is where you will insert the boilerplate text into your e-mail

1, Click on wherever you want your text to go into your e-mail
2. Select Insert / File
3. Scroll to the file you want to insert and just highlight it. If you double click it will insert as an attachment.
4. Depending on the version of Outlook you have either select Insert as Text or click on the down arrow by the Insert button and select Insert as Text

Additional Configuration Options

E-Mail Options

Tools / Options / E-Mail Options Button
E-Mail Options

After Moving or Deleting an Open Item:

  • Open Next Item

  • Open Previous Item

  • Return to the Inbox

When Replying or Forwarding Messages:

  • Do Not Include Original Message

  • Attach Original Message

  • Include Original Message Text

  • Include and Indent Original Message Text

  • Prefix Each Line of the Original Message

 


Mail Format

Tools / Options / Mail Format Tab

Mail Format

Change the:

  • Message Format

  • Stationary and Fonts

  • Signature - Remember if you are using a Signature, uncheck
    Don't' use when replying or forwarding

 


Fonts

Tools / Options / Mail Format Tab / Fonts Button

Stationary

Change the:

  • Message Format

  • Stationary and Fonts

  • Signature - Remember if you are using a Signature, uncheck
    Don't' use when replying or forwarding

 


Other Options

Tools / Options / Other Tab

  Other Options

Change:

  • How Deleted Items are handled

  • Archiving

  • Preview Pane Configuration

Preview Pane
 

Other Options / Advanced Options

Tools / Options / Other Tab / Advanced Options Button

  Advanced Options

Change:

  • Warn before permanently deleting items

  • Automatically select entire word

  • Provide feedback with sound

 

 

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