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Preface > Conventions Used in This Book

Conventions Used in This Book

The following typographical conventions are used in this book:

Constant width

Indicates command-line computer output, code examples, and Registry keys.

Constant width italic

Indicates variables in examples and in Registry keys. It is also used to indicate variables or user-defined elements within italic text (such as path names or filenames). For instance, in the path \Windows\ username, replace username with your name.

Constant width bold

Indicates user input in examples.

Constant width bold italic

Indicates replaceable user input in examples.


Introduces new terms and indicates URLs, variables in text, user-defined files and directories, commands, file extensions, filenames, directory or folder names, and UNC pathnames.

Tip Title

This is an example of a tip, which gives specific instructions on how to use a given Outlook element that the authors feel is important and beneficial to the user.

This is an example of a note, which signifies valuable and timesaving information.

This is an example of a warning, which alerts users to a potential pitfall in the program. Warnings can also refer to a procedure that might be dangerous if not carried out in a specific way.

Path Notation

We use a shorthand path notation to show you how to reach a given Outlook or Windows user interface element or option. The path notation is relative to a well-known location. For example, the following path:

Tools → Options → Calendar Options

means "Open the Tools menu (in Outlook), then choose Options, then choose the Calendar Options button."

In Part II, we occasionally title a section or topic without an arrow. For example:

Calendar Options

In this case, we have grouped a collection of options or features under a single header for organizational purposes.

Keyboard Shortcuts

When keyboard shortcuts are shown (such as Ctrl-Alt-Del), a hyphen means that the keys must be held down simultaneously, while a plus means that the keys should be pressed sequentially.

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