Reader Stephen writes in with an excellent, time-saving tip: you can create Outlook templates for frequently-used topics, and then pin them to the taskbar to make them easy to access.
This technique is not limited to readers using Windows 7, since you can pin a folder to the taskbar in any version of Windows—but the new Jump lists in Windows 7 make it a lot simpler. To create your own set of Outlook templates, Stephen advises:
- Create an Outlook template by composing a new email message with the text you want, and then using File -> Save As to save the message as an Outlook Template into a folder of your choice.
- If you are using Windows 7, simply drag the template files onto the Outlook icon.
- For previous versions of Windows, right-click the taskbar, choose Toolbars -> New Toolbar, and pick the folder that you saved the templates into.
- Now you can quickly access your templates from the Jumplist by right-clicking on the Outlook icon. For previous versionf of Windows, you can use the popup folder menu.
It's a great tip for anybody that repeatedly sends emails on the exact same topic. Thanks, Stephen!
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