Settings in Outlook 2013 2010 2007 2003

How to open replies and forwards in a new window

By default, if Reading pane is opened, Outlook opens replies and forwards in the same window, but you can fix this behavior and open them in a new window.

Improved AutoComplete

Outlook uses two features to resolve and complete names entered into email messages: AutoComplete and Autoresolution.

Limiting the incoming message size

You can use the Send/Receive Settings to specify a limit on message size for messages downloaded in the Inbox.

Adding Data files

Although Outlook automatically creates Data Files as needed when you add accounts, you might want to add your own Data Files (.pst - files) to a profile. For example, perhaps you use an Exchange Server account for your primary Outlook store, but want a set of personal folders to serve as an archive; or perhaps you have an Exchange Server account and are adding a POP3 account.

How to specify which folder is displayed when Outlook starts

Most people prefer to have Outlook display the Inbox when the application is started. The following tip enables you to specify which folder you would like to be displayed when you start Outlook.

How to use a Desktop Alert

The Desktop Alert is an alert window that pops up when a new e-mail arrives in the Outlook default Inbox.

How to set Outlook to download only E-mail headers

Sometimes it is to your advantage to not download an entire e-mail from your mail server, such as when you have a slow Internet connection or you want to start looking through many e-mail messages for a particular one as soon as possible. Outlook offers the capability to download only the e-mail header, which includes the sender and the subject of the e-mail, and display these onscreen before downloading the message itself.

How to create a Signature

If you frequently sign your messages using not only your name, but also additional information such as your job title and contact information, you'll appreciate Outlook's Signature feature. When enabled, it appends text of your choice to the end of every message that create and/or reply to.

Color Coding Messages

Usually Outlook users are using folders to organize messages, but you can also use colors. For example, you might apply a special color to all messages from a particular person. You can then see at a glance which messages are from that person.

How to display and hide the Reading pane

You can display or hide a Reading pane that displays the header and partial contents of the selected message.