Navigation and Appearance

Navigating through Microsoft Outlook

Once you log into Outlook, you will see the main window. Its components consist of:

  1. Navigation Pane on the Left

    From the navigation pane you can access all of your email in your Inbox and in folders in your Cabinet. You can also access your Mail, Calendar, Contacts, and Tasks using the links in the bottom-left corner.

  2. Menu Bar across the Top

    The menu bar will allow you to view and organize your mail messages, create new messages, or delete existing ones from you list. You can also use the search bar to search for specific key words within your list of messages.

  3. List of Messages in the Middle

    There is a condensed list of messages showing the subject line, sender, and date the message was sent.

  4. Reading Pane on the Right

    The reading pane shows the full details of any message you have selected in the list of messages. To remove the reading pane:

    1. In the Menu bar above your email list, click the View drop-down menu.
    2. Under the Reading Pane section, choose off.

Altering the Appearance of the Inbox

By default, your Outlook mailbox will appear in the order the messages were received with the most recent on top. You will also notice that messages are grouped together under headings such as “Today,” “Yesterday,” etc. To alter the order of your messages follow the steps below.

Reordering Your Email List

  1. In the Menu bar above your email list, click the Newest on Top link.
  2. You will see the option switch between “newest on top” and “oldest on top”.

Altering the Arrangement of your Email List

  1. In the Menu bar above your email list, click the Conversations by Date drop-down menu.
  2. You can then choose to organize your email list by any option you wish, such as Date, From, Size, etc.

Turning On/Off Conversations

The Conversation view is helpful for grouping together multiple related emails into one “conversation.” By default Conversations will be turned on. To turn conversations off:

  1. In the Menu bar above your email list, click the Conversations by Date drop-down menu.
  2. Uncheck the Conversation box.

Getting Help

For help using Outlook, please contact the TLTC at tltc@bvu.edu, 712-749-2359, or 1-800-803-6583. The TLTC is available from 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday.

Please note that you can also contact 2Fix for any additional questions. You can contact 2Fix at 2fix@bvu.edu, 1.712.249.2FIX (2349), or 1.800.248.4462. 2Fix is available from 7 AM to 11PM, Monday through Friday and 3 PM to 11PM on the weekend.

Video Tutorials

There are hundreds of short, video tutorials to help you learn Outlook and other programs.

  1. Log in to ANGEL with your BVU username and password.
  2. Click Go to Atomic Learning on the right.
  3. Use the Applications, Versions, and/or Platforms drop-down menus to find video tutorials for Outlook 2010.
 
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