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Many people considered Lotus Notes to be the groupware product of the '90s. Perhaps Lotus Notes R5 will be the universal client for the millennium. Ever evolving to meet the collaboration, communication, and Internet needs of businesses, Release 5 of Lotus Notes focuses on the Notes client to create a seamless, universal client from which you can access mail, the Internet, your intranet, and so forth. The new look and functionality of the R5 client is the topic of this book.

Welcome to Sams Teach Yourself Lotus Notes R5 in 10 Minutes

This book focuses on the basics of Lotus Notes and Domino; introduces general groupware, Notes, and email concepts; and shows you some advanced features of the program. You can work through the book lesson by lesson, building on your skills, or you can use the book as a quick reference when you want to perform a new task. Features and concepts are presented in lessons that take 10 minutes or less to complete.

If you are new to Notes, start at the beginning of the book. If you've used Notes before, you might want to skip the first few lessons and work from there. Use the Table of Contents and select the lessons that cover features of the program you haven't yet used. If you travel with Lotus Notes on your laptop, the compact size of this book is perfect for fitting into your laptop or notebook case.

Who Should Use This Book

Sams Teach Yourself Lotus Notes R5 is for anyone who

  • Has Lotus Notes installed on their PC or laptop

  • Needs to learn Notes quickly

  • Wants to explore some of the new features of Lotus Notes R5

  • Needs a task-based Lotus Notes tutorial

  • Requires a compact Notes reference guide

Conventions Used in This Book

In telling you to choose menu commands, this book uses the format menu title, menu command. For example, the statement "choose File, Properties" means to "open the File menu and select the Properties command."

In addition, Sams Teach Yourself Lotus Notes R5 uses the following icons to identify helpful information:

Plain English

New or unfamiliar terms are defined in "plain English."

Timesaver Tips

Look here for ideas that cut corners and confusion.


This icon identifies areas where new users often run into trouble and offers practical solutions to those problems.

From Here…

For more information on Lotus Notes, try these other Macmillan Computer Publishing books:

  • How to Use Lotus Notes R5—A full color visual tutorial for beginning Lotus Notes users.

  • Sams Teach Yourself Lotus Notes R5 in 24 Hours—In-depth coverage of the topics found in Sams Teach Yourself Lotus Notes R5 in 10 Minutes and more! Here you find lesson questions and answers and lesson summaries.

  • Special Edition Using Lotus Notes and Domino 5—The ultimate Lotus Notes companion for the advanced user, help desk personnel, consultant, administrator, and developer.

  • Sams Teach Yourself Domino Application Development in 21 Days—The comprehensive way to learn the important development features of Lotus Notes and Domino R5, with a lesson-a-day format.

  • Lotus Notes and Domino R5 Development Unleashed—The long-awaited high-reference and learning guide to the advanced features of Domino development.

To learn about all of the MCP Lotus Notes books, visit our Web site at http://www.mcp.com.

For Lotus Notes press releases, technical information, and new product information, visit the Lotus Web sites. The following Lotus sites contain information relevant to the Notes client:

  • http://www.Lotus.com The Lotus home page, where you can find information on all Lotus products and services, including support and access to other Lotus Notes sites.

  • http://www.lotus.com/education The Lotus Education site, where you can find course descriptions, schedules, locations, certification information, and Lotus Authorized Education Centers for Lotus Notes and other Lotus Products.

  • http://www.lotus.com/learningcenters To learn about Notes features, take a take a Notes guided tour.

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