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Outlook Tip: Instantly Turn Clipboard Contents Into E-Mail

Here's something you probably didn't know about Outlook: A tap of the Ctrl-V key instantly copies the contents of your clipboard into a new e-mail message. Don't feel bad: I didn't know about it either.

This works with files and text alike. Try this: Copy some text, then switch over to your Outlook inbox. Press Ctrl-V (the keyboard shortcut for Paste, natch) and presto: a new message appears with the text already pasted into the body. For example:



Likewise, if you copy one or more files to the clipboard, then do the Ctrl-V trick, the files appear as e-mail attachments.

The only downside to this trick is that for whatever reason, your e-mail signature doesn't show up in the newly created e-mail. If you need it, you'll have to paste the old-fashioned way (create a new e-mail, then paste your text into the body).

This nifty time-saver reminds me of another Outlook trick: You can turn an e-mail message into an appointment just by dragging it to the calendar.

If you have an Outlook tip of your own to share (and I'll be you do, you smart user, you), hit the Talkback and prove your proficiency to the world. [via Lifehacker]

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