Outlook stores email and other kinds of data in a series of folders. These folders work much the same way as they do in Windows Explorer; that is, you can move things into the folders, create new folders, rename folders, and delete folders. You can create folders that file Outlook email and other data into compartments where you can easily locate your data later.
Figure 15.3 shows the Mail screen from Outlook (available by clicking the Mail button in the lower-left corner and then clicking your Inbox folder if Outlook does not automatically select the Inbox). You'll see a list of all the folders you've created for Outlook at the left edge of the screen.
Figure 15.3. The Inbox folder displays your email messages.
The various Outlook screen formats differ quite a bit from that of other Office products. You won't see the typical Formatting toolbar, for example. The Inbox folder (see Figure 15.3) is one of the most common folders you will display. Using Figure 15.3 as a reference, read through these descriptions to familiarize yourself with the Inbox screen elements: