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Chapter 11. Outlook Essentials > Using and Customizing the Outlook Interface

Using and Customizing the Outlook Interface

Outlook stores all information in a flat-file database—a simple list. In Outlook parlance, each record is an item, and the type of item—e-mail message, contact, appointment, and so on—defines which fields are available for entering and displaying information. Each of Outlook's default folders displays items of a single type, and you can create new folders as well.

In previous versions of Outlook, the left side of the program window was reserved for a pane that you could toggle between the Outlook Bar (a list of folder icons) or an Explorer-style folder list. In Outlook 2003, the left side of the screen now consists of a customizable Navigation pane, the contents of which change dynamically based on which of seven navigation buttons you've selected from the bottom of the pane. Figure 11.1 shows all these interface elements.



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