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Organize It Your Way

Friday, March 31st, 2006 by | Filed Under: MS Office Help, MS Outlook

Organize It Your Way

If you’re like me, you find yourself saving lots of Outlook e-mails and always sorting them out into different folders for easy access later.

Does it irritate you that every time you create a new folder, Outlook asks you if it should go onto the Outlook bar, then it promptly buries it in the My Shortcuts section of the bar.

I don’t know about you, but I like the Outlook bar and I also want all of the useful items on the top in the Outlook Shortcuts section.

So, the question that begs to be asked is “Can I relocate the folders I’ve created to the Outlook Shortcuts section”? You know, to be able to see them side-by-side with the Inbox and all the rest.

I’m all for that and fortunately we can answer that question with a very loud “Yes!”

Here’s the deal. After you’ve gone to the File menu, New submenu, Folder choice, then named the new folder and clicked OK, Outlook asks if the folder should be placed on the Outlook bar. Click Yes.

At this point, you need to go to the My Shortcuts section and locate the new folder.

Once it’s located, click and hold the mouse button while the pointer is on the folder.

Now drag the folder up towards the Outlook Shortcuts at the top.

When you reach the top, pause for a second or two and you’ll find that the Outlook bar switches to the Outlook Shortcuts section.

Drag the folder into the list. You’ll see a horizontal black bar showing the folder’s new potential location. When the black bar is where you want the folder to be in the list, release the mouse button.

And viola! You’ve got your new folder placed exactly where you want it for easy e-mail sorting and storage. It’s so nice to have things your way once in a while.

~ April

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