After Word, Outlook is perhaps the most text-based of the Office applications, so you might expect Outlook to offer plenty of keyboard shortcuts ”and indeed it does. Outlook provides shortcuts for navigating among categories, creating new items (such as messages, contacts, and journal entries), applying formatting, and working with its main tools.
Outlook supports the standard Office keyboard shortcuts discussed in Shared Keyboard Shortcuts in Chapter 3. The following exceptions are worth noting.
Because Outlook doesn t work with files in the same way as the other Office applications, it uses a different method of opening items. Outlook also has a different shortcut for deleting the selected item.
Select an item, and then press [Ctrl] - [O] to open it. You can press [Enter] instead to open some selected items.
You can also delete a selected item by pressing [Delete] .
Use these shortcuts to navigate from pane to pane, and between the main Outlook window and the Folder List.
Most of the time, pressing this shortcut switches focus from one window to another. But when a toolbar is selected, pressing [Ctrl] - [Shift] - [Tab] selects the next toolbar instead.
Outlook 2003 supports the following shortcuts for getting around in the Navigation pane.
Outlook XP and Outlook 2000 do not have the Navigation pane, so they don t support these shortcuts.
[ ], [ ’ ], [ ‘ ], [ “ ]
[+] on the numeric keypad
[ ’ ]
When working in the message list, you can use 2 to expand a group, as well as [+] on the numeric keypad.
When working in the message list, you can use 1 to collapse a group, as well as [`] on the numeric keypad.