Getting Started with Microsoft Office Outlook

The Outlook Today panel is the first screen that you seen when Microsoft Office Outlook is launched. So you can customize it to show you the items you need to be informed of immediately. By default, the Outlook Today panel will show the Calendar, Tasks, and current Messages information.

  • To customize the panel, select the Customize Outlook Today button (located at the right hand side top corner):

    Customize Outlook Today button

  • This will open the Customize Outlook Today folder:

    Customize Outlook Today folder

    Startup - If uncheck, this will have Outlook start with the Folder pane showing. If check, the Outlook Today folder will show.
    Messages - If there are any other folders besides the Inbox that may have unread messages being sent to them, click the Choose Folders button will open the Select Folder dialog box, where multiple folders can be selected to show up in the Outlook Today Messages area:

    Select Folder dialog box

    Calendar - The default setting shows 5 days of calendar items. This can be altered.
    Tasks - The default setting shows all tasks, but you can select to have only today’s tasks appear. Tasks can also be sorted with the two separate sorting fields.
    Styles - The default style setting is Standard, which is the three column format. There is also Standard (two columns), Standard (one column), Summer and Winter. The Summer style has a yellow background with two columns, and the Winter style has a white background with two columns.

  • Once all changes are done, select the Save Changes button at the top of the panel, or click Cancel to undo any changes.
  • From here, you can start exploring the rich features of Microsoft Office Outlook.

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