Want to learn Microsoft Outlook 2013 quickly? Want to become a confident and productive user of this powerful program without having to memorize a lot of technical mumbo-jumbo? In this course, you’ll see what’s new in Outlook 2013 and get up and running with the most important aspects of the program, starting with mastering the new Windows 8 style look and feel. From there, you’ll quickly learn how to manage your email, calendar, and contacts, and how to streamline and automate your work with keyboard shortcuts, rules, Search Folders, and Quick Steps.
The goal of this course is to teach you what you really need to know to be productive with Outlook 2013. That means you won’t waste your time on low-value aspects of Outlook. Instead, you’ll focus on the important things like sending, receiving, and managing your mail, and using tools such as the calendar, tasks, and to-dos so you can manage your schedule and get your work done. You’ll also learn about the redesigned Contacts section of Outlook (now called People). You’ll discover how Outlook can connect to your social networks, and discuss the pros and cons of making those connections. Whether you’re new to Outlook or you’ve been using it for years, you’re sure to learn something useful in every lesson.
You’ll jump right in and get your hands dirty by playing with the Outlook user interface and learning a couple of different ways to navigate between the major sections that we’ll be covering over the next six weeks. Then, take a look at Mail view as you cover sending, receiving, and replying to messages, as well as how you can use the spell-checker and signatures to give your messages some class.
Understand how to use look at alerts, flags, and categories in Outlook Mail view. Then, you’ll learn what contacts can do, and how to use them to keep track of all sorts of information.
Explore how Outlook connects to social networks and spend a significant part of the lesson discussing the pros and cons of connecting Outlook to networks like Facebook, particularly when you use Outlook for work and Facebook for play. Then, focus on the basics of using the Calendar, scheduling appointments and meetings, and tracking events.
Clearly understand the difference between tasks and to-dos and know how to work with the To-Do Bar and the Daily Task List, Outlook’s two ways of constantly reminding you of the things you need to get done next. Then, look at three aspects of Outlook that help you store and manage information: notes, shortcuts, and folders.
Learn how Outlook 2013’s flexible category system and rules can help you manage the flood of information that flows into your Inbox every day. You’ll also learn how to print from Outlook for those rare occasions where you just have to have information on paper. Then, learn about the tools Outlook gives you to automatically archive your old items as well as three different tools for finding those items you know are in there somewhere.
Explore some cool tips that can make working with Outlook 2013 faster, easier, or just more fun. And finally, cover several customizations in Outlook that you might find useful.
Prerequisites / Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course must be taken on a PC. It is not suitable for Mac users.
- Windows 7 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge is also compatible.
- Microsoft Office Outlook 2013.
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
When can I get started?
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
How does it work?
Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
How long do I have to complete each lesson?
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
What if I need an extension?
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.