Outlook 2010 Tip: Use Quick Steps to Automate E-Mail Tasks

Last Updated Jun 29, 2010 11:21 AM EDT

Still trying to decide if you should upgrade to Outlook 2010? The program's new Quick Steps feature might just convince you.

As you may recall, Dave cited Quick Steps as one of four killer reasons to switch to Outlook 2010. In a nutshell, it allows you to automate frequently performed e-mail tasks, like replying to and deleting an e-mail, or creating a new e-mail that gets sent to your entire team.

Even better, Quick Steps lets you create your own custom "e-mail macros." Want to learn how? This four-minute video teaches you everything you need to know:

Seriously, is that not awesome? I'm tempted to make the move to Outlook 2010 based on Quick Steps alone.

That said, I spent about five minutes fiddling with the Outlook 2010 demo, and the new ribbon interface just about drove me insane. Of course, I had the same reaction to Office 2007, and now I (mostly) love the ribbon, so I know it's just a matter of battling the learning curve.

What about you? Have you tried (or adopted) Outlook 2010? If so, what do you think of it? Quick-step to the comments and share your thoughts.

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