How I Use Outlook - 7 Tips

There are so many things you can do with Outlook, but I have to admit, I've never fully explorered all its features. However, the more I "live" in my Outlook at work, the more I've become obsessed with finding new and useful ways to get things done as efficiently and quickly as I can. On that note, here are a few Outlook tips I've discovered that have been making my work life easier.

1. The ClearContext add-in - every since someone told me about this add-in, I've been using the heck out of it. Although I can only afford the free version, I've found it unbelievably useful for categorizing my mail. Since I had been using a folders system prior to the Outlook 2007 upgrade, I didn't feel much like redoing this system just to use Outlook 2007's color-coded categories. Instead, I use a mashup of ClearContext labels and Outlook categories... (follow link to read on)

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So how about an addin to prevent Outlook from just sitting there prompting for login when a mail server is currently unavailable? Outlook Express and every other email app other there can ignore such a condition. (I did use Outlook's VBA programmability with Win32 API to dismiss the dialog prompt when found, but tends to make Outlook a bit unstable.)

Cool. I like the desktop calendar app. I sent him a email asking if it would be possible to add new calendars to it. We use public calendars at work for things like conference room scheduling and travel logs. I'd love to be able to use this to switch between them fast.

edit: I tried sending him email, but his spam blocker is set really high, apparently. It was refused. Whatever.