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Lesson 1. Navigating Outlook > Understanding the Screen

Understanding the Screen

The Outlook screen includes items you can use to navigate and operate the program. If you do not see some of the items listed below on your screen, open the View menu and select the command for the appropriate element (such as Toolbars, Status Bar, Folders List, or Outlook Bar). A check mark in front of an item means the item is currently showing. Table 1.1 describes the elements you see in the opening screen.

Table 1.1. Elements of the Outlook Window
Title barIncludes the name of the application and current folder, plus the Windows Minimize, Maximize, and Close buttons.
Control-menu buttonProvides such commands as Move, Size, Minimize, and Close, with which you control the Outlook window.
Minimize buttonReduces the Outlook window to a button on the taskbar; to restore the window to its original size, click the button on the taskbar.
Maximize buttonEnlarges the Outlook window to cover the Windows desktop. When the window is maximized, the Maximize button changes to a Restore button that you can click to return the window to its previous size.
Close (X) buttonCloses the Outlook program.
Menu barContains menus of commands you can use to perform tasks in the program.
ToolbarIncludes icons that serve as shortcuts for common commands, such as creating a new message or printing a message. (See the inside back cover for a description of each tool.)
Folders ListDisplays the current folder. Click this to display a list of Personal Folders you can open.
Outlook BarDisplays icons representing folders: Inbox, Calendar, Contacts, and so on. Click an icon to change to the folder it names.
Status barDisplays information about what's in the main part of the window.



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