Our fetish for keyboard shortcuts isn’t new and longtime readers would know what we are talking about. And frankly, we don’t see a reason why we shouldn’t obsess with them. After all, Guiding Tech’s aim is to make the everyday computer user better and more productive at what he does, and keyboard shortcuts offer a great way to speed up tasks.
So, continuing the series of keyboard shortcut posts, today we have my favorite email client – MS Outlook. Believe me, if you master them, you will love the mailing activity.
Lets see which are the best and most useful keyboard shortcuts for MS Outlook.
Go to Mails, Contacts, Calendar etc
The Navigation Pane has tabs for Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, Notes, Folder Lists and Shortcuts etc. The best way to switch among these elements is to use a number with the Ctrl key. For example Ctrl + 1 will open Mails, Ctrl + 2 will open Calendar and so on. It depends on the order of placement.
Creating New Items
Ctrl + N is almost synonymous with ‘create new items’. On Outlook doing that will create a new item for the feature you are accessing currently. For example, if you are on the Mails interface Ctrl + N creates a new email, if you are on Tasks interface Ctrl + N creates a new task and so on.
Here are the shortcuts for creating new items from anywhere on Outlook:-
|Ctrl + Shift + M||Compose New Message|
|Ctrl + Shift + A||New Appointment|
|Ctrl + Shift + Q||Create Meeting Request|
|Ctrl + Shift + C||Add New Contact|
|Ctrl + Shift + K||Pile up a New Task|
|Ctrl + Shift + L||Create a Distribution List|
|Ctrl + Shift + E||Create a New Folder|
|Ctrl + Shift + P||Create New Search Folder|
|Ctrl + Shift + U||Request for a Task|
|Ctrl + Shift + J||Make a Journal Entry|
|Ctrl + Shift + N||Add New Note|
|Ctrl + Shift + X||Send Internet Fax|
Responding to Messages
You should be familiar with the actions associated with Reply, Reply to All and Forward. How about the keyboard shortcuts?
- Ctrl + R: Reply
- Ctrl + Shift + R: Reply to All
- Ctrl + F: Forward an Email
- Ctrl + Alt + F: Forward Email as Attachment
Change Calendar View
The calendar interface lets you see details for a day, work week (5 days), week (7 days) and a month. The easy way to toggle them is Ctrl + Alt + [1, 2, 3, 4] respectively.
Alt + [Arrow Up, Arrow Down] takes you one day up and one day down in the calendar.
It is a good practice to mark messages that you have already read or those which you would like to read later. Use the keys Ctrl + U or Ctrl +Q respectively.
Move Mails to Folder
Turn Off Elements
Recently we told you how to customize the different panes in Outlook. Alt + F1 and Alt + F2 are quick ways to turn off Navigation Pane and To-Do Bar.
Some more that we could not group under a common heading but are quite useful:-
- Ctrl + Shift + B: Launch the Address Book
- Ctrl + K: A quick way to complete a sender address or find one which adding receivers.
- Ctrl + E: Takes mouse focus to search box
- F9: refresh Send and Receive for all items.
- F1: Launch the help menu.
- Use the Spacebar to read messages quickly.
There are many more combinations but we have listed the most common and most useful ones. If you feel we have missed something let us know in the comments section.
If you are not satisfied with our list, consider taking these free trainings from Microsoft:-
- Outlook 2010 keyboard shortcuts I: Email
- Outlook 2010 keyboard shortcuts II: Calendar, Contacts, and Tasks
- Outlook 2010 keyboard shortcuts III: Alt key shortcuts
We don’t expect you to remember all the shortcuts at once, so don’t forget to bookmark this post and come back to it frequently till the time you have memorized most of the shortcuts.
Last updated on 03 February, 2022
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