Tame your computer - take a shortcut to appointments

In her regular series for Cambridge Network members - now in its 15th year - software training expert Karen Roem offers handy tips to help you 'Tame your computer'. This week she describes how to show your appointment page without opening your calendar (Microsoft Outlook).

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As part of the roadmap out of lockdown the measures in England were eased on Monday (12 April), so it’s been a busy couple of days, appointment-wise … haircut, pedicure, facial, reflexology, outdoor lunch with a friend (and mild hypothermia ;) ). Oh, and the occasional webinar and training session; thanks for booking!

So with my Outlook calendar in overdrive I would like to share a keyboard shortcut I recently learned from Sharon Connolly, Australia’s Change Superhero … a quick way to show the Appointment page to set up the details of an appointment or meeting without the need to first open your calendar.

Here’s how:

  1. Open Outlook, although since tip 638 it might start automatically?!

  2. Press CTRL + SHIFT + A.

That’s it! Don’t forget to combine it with other tips you’ve hopefully fallen in love with, such as:

  1. Press TAB twice and use English words or formulas such as next Tuesday or 4d.

  2. Press TAB and type 3PM.

By the way, there is a similar shortcut that allows you start a new message from any Outlook view. For example, if you are in your calendar and want to write a new message, simply press CTRL + SHIFT + M. (M is for Message.) It sure beats CTRL + 1 followed by CTRL + N.

Thanks for the inspiration, Sharon! I might need to update my top ten Microsoft Outlook shortcuts.

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Unless stated otherwise, the steps are written about Microsoft 365 using Windows 10.

19 April  2021

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 www.roem.co.uk

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