Tame your computer - answer back


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 explains how to answer and write prefixed comments below the original message text (Microsoft Outlook)...

By default any reply you send using Outlook appears immediately above the original message. If you want your response to relate to specific parts of the original post, you can turn on inline comments. (Sorry; jargon.)

Here’s how:

1.      On the File tab, click on Options.

2.      Click on Mail (or type the letter m).

3.      Under Replies and forwards (fifth from the top) select the Preface comments with box and type the text that will prefix in places where you add your comments.

4.      Press ENTER or click OK.

Next time you respond to an email message you can click anywhere in the body of the original email message and type your answers or comments. Oh, and don’t forget to tell your recipients about the inline comments.

As a matter of fact, I’ve created the following Quick Part that I can easily add:


Tip: My comments appear in brackets in the body of the original message. Press F4 and type [Karen ] to flick through them.

With thanks to Francesca for this week’s tip inspiration!


Related tips:

Finding text in an email message

Create and insert frequently used text and graphics


28 January 2019

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


Karen Roem
Microsoft Office-ionado

Roem Ltd – software training and support