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Many tasks in Microsoft Outlook can be accomplished using keystroke combinations rather than a point-and-click with the mouse. Remembering these keystrokes can be difficult.
Back in the days of DOS, when users wanted to do something like change a font or print, they had to remember arcane keyboard combinations. Windows made applications easier to learn by implementing a GUI and drop-down menus that required the use of a mouse. This made applications easier to learn, but a little less efficient by forcing the user to let go of the keyboard to accomplish simple tasks. Knowing the proper keyboard commands allows users to do things quickly without reaching for the mouse.
Microsoft didn't completely do away with the keyboard combinations used in old DOS e-mail programs. Some of the most important Microsoft Outlook keyboard shortcuts are:
This chart only includes a partial list of the keyboard shortcuts available in Microsoft Outlook. For a complete list, you can either check the Help function in Microsoft Outlook or check out Microsoft's Web site. You can also obtain additional Excel short cut information from TechRepublic's Quick Reference: Microsoft Office Pack.