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Lotus Notes is considered by many to be the groupware product of the 90s. Ever evolving to meet the collaboration, communication, and Internet needs of businesses, Release 4.6 of Lotus Notes focuses on the Notes client. New features of 4.6 include improved navigation features (Portfolios), Web Navigator integration with Internet Explorer, and contact management capabilities within the Personal Name and Address Book. These features and more are introduced in the Ten Minute Guide to Lotus Notes Mail 4.6.

Welcome to the 10 Minute Guide to Lotus Notes Mail 4.6

This book focuses on the basics of Lotus Notes Mail, introduces general email concepts and the Basics of Lotus Notes Mail, and teaches you the advanced features of Mail. You can work through the book lesson by lesson, building upon 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 Mail on your laptop, the compact size of this book is perfect for fitting into your laptop or notebook case.

Who Should Use This Book

The 10 Minute Guide to Lotus Notes Mail 4.6 is for anyone who:

  • Has Lotus Notes or Notes Mail installed on his PC or laptop

  • Needs to learn Notes Mail quickly

  • Wants to explore some of the new Mail features of Release 4.6

  • Needs a task-based Lotus Notes Mail tutorial

  • Requires a compact Notes Mail reference guide

Conventions Used in This Book

To help you move through the lessons easily, On-screen text, What you type, and Items you select (Commands, options, and icons you select or keys you press) appear in bold type.

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

In addition to these conventions, the 10 Minute Guide to Lotus Notes Mail 4.6 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 help you cut corners and avoid confusion.

  • Panic Button This icon identifies areas in which new users often run into trouble, offering practical solutions to those problems.


A lot of hard work went into completing this project, and we'd like to thank all of those involved. First and foremost, our gratitude goes to Macmillan Computer Publishing for becoming the leader in Lotus Notes books. Their commitment to providing quality Lotus Notes books in a timely fashion to the Notes community makes this a very exciting time to be writing and working with their dedicated staff. Thanks, too, to our new Notes team at Macmillan: Al Valvano, Executive Editor; Stephanie Layton, Acquisitions Editor; Jim Chalex and Ami Frank, Development Editors. Thanks to our production team, Tom Lamoureux and Juliet MacLean.

From Here…

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

  • The 10 Minute Guide to Lotus Notes 4.6 Use discussion databases, understand workflow, and learn the features of Notes beyond its email capabilities.

  • Special Edition Using Lotus Notes and Domino 4.6 The ultimate Lotus Notes companion for the advanced user.

  • Teach Yourself Lotus Notes 4.6 in 24 Hours The perfect book for those new to Notes.

To learn about all of the MCP Lotus Notes books, visit their 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://www2.lotus.com/education.nsf 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://www2.lotus.com/learningcenters To learn about Notes features, take a Notes guided tour.

To access information on the web, you need a web browser and Internet connection. See your Notes administrator if you need information on connecting your Notes workstation to the web.


All terms mentioned in this book that are known to be trademarks have been appropriately capitalized. Que cannot attest to the accuracy of this information. Use of a term in this book should not be regarded as affecting the validity of any trademark or service mark.

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