What's New in Outlook 2003?
Outlook 2003 is the latest version of Microsoft's popular personal information manager (PIM). Outlook 2003 has a new look and a number of new features. Outlook 2003 is further enhanced by the addition of the Business Contact Manager, which is an add-on to Outlook that provides you with the ability to organize and track business activities.
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Business Contact Manager Lessons The Business Contact Manager is covered in Lessons 21 and 22 of the Outlook section (Part III) of this book.
A number of enhancements have been made to Outlook 2003. Some of these changes are as follows :
New Navigation Pane The new Navigation pane provides icons that allow you to navigate the major areas of Outlook such as the Mail, Calendar, and Contacts. Subpanes are also provided that make it easier to access data in a particular Outlook tool; for example, the All Mail Folders pane appears when you select Mail on the Navigation pane. (These subpanes are also referred to as panes).
New Reading Pane The preview pane found in previous versions has been upgraded to the new Reading pane, which provides a vertical orientation for reading e-mail messages.
Junk E-mail Filter A junk e-mail filter has been added to Outlook and helps to rid your Inbox of useless junk e-mail. For more protection against unwanted e-mail, you can design your own e-mail rules as in previous versions of Outlook.
Research Task Pane The new Research task pane is available in Outlook (and the other Office applications) and can be used to look up stock, financial, and other information from a variety of online resources.
Business Contact Manager The biggest change to Outlook is the addition of the Business Contact Manager. It provides a repository for entering and tracking business contacts, accounts, and opportunities.
Search Folders Search Folders allow you to set up search criteria for e-mail messages. The messages that match the search criteria are then listed in the specific Search Folder. This provides a great way to see lists of messages that are grouped by different criteria. Search Folders are discussed in this lesson. Lesson 18, "Saving and Finding Outlook Items," in the Outlook section of this book (Part III) also discusses Search Folders and their relationship to the Find and Advanced Search features.
Favorite Folders Pane This pane is available when you select Mail on the Navigation pane (it is only available in the Mail view). It allows you quick access to any mail folders in Outlook. By default, the Inbox and Sent Items folders are included in the Favorite Folders pane. To add other mail folders to the pane, such as those you create, right-click a folder containing mail and select Add to Favorite Folders on the shortcut menu that appears.
We take a quick look at some of these listed new features and other new features in the remainder of this lesson. For more details related to working in Outlook, see Part III of this book.