Ten Things You Can Do after You're Comfortable with Outlook 2013

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Customize the Quick Access Toolbar.

Office 2013 has an arrangement of controls that eliminates menus in favor of big Ribbons, tabs, and buttons. With an old-fashioned menu system, you know that everything you want to do is on a menu somewhere. In the new arrangement . . . who knows?

There's hope, however. After you find the tool you need, you can right-click the tool and choose Add to Quick Access Toolbar. That adds a tiny icon to that thin strip of icons that sits just above the Ribbon (or below the Ribbon, if you move it there).

If you've ever bookmarked a website, you know how this works. If you right-click the Quick Access toolbar and choose Show the Quick Access Toolbar below the Ribbon, that's exactly what happens.

Each Outlook form also features its own Quick Access toolbar as well. That's useful for speeding up tasks that you perform frequently. If you like to print individual e-mail messages from time to time, you can add the Quick Print command when you're reading or composing a message. That way, the Print command is a couple of clicks closer.

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