Tame your computer - colour your world


In her regular series for Cambridge Network members, software training expert Karen Roem offers handy tips to help you 'Tame your computer'. This week she describes how to organise your inbox using colour (Microsoft Outlook)...

Is your Outlook inbox an overstuffed, out-of-control beast? If so, you’ll be pleased to know that there are various ways to organise your inbox to help you easily locate certain messages. For example, you can specify that messages from a specific sender will be displayed in your Inbox in a certain colour, making them stand out from the rest. 

In earlier versions of Microsoft Outlook, the Organize feature enabled you to create conditional text formatting rules for email messages (see Tip 187 for details). In Microsoft Outlook 2010, conditional text formatting is accessed in the Advanced View Settings dialogue box.

Here’s how:

  1. On the View tab, in the Current View group, click View Settings.
  2. Click Conditional Formatting.
  3. Click Add.
  4. Give your rule a name.
  5. Click Font.
  6. Go wild.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Click Condition.
  9. In the From box, type the email address of the person whose messages you want to stand out.
  10. Click OK 3x.

Any new messages that come into your Inbox from that specific sender will be displayed in your chosen colour. (Happiness is...)
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Karen Roem offers software training and support through her company Roem Ltd.  Contact her by email (Karen@roem.co.uk) or visit her website at http://www.roem.co.uk

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Karen Roem
Microsoft Office-ionado

Roem Ltd – software training and support