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Outlook 2011

Outlook 2011 Replaces Entourage

Outlook 2011 replaces Entourage as the standard Microsoft Office mail program on the Mac. It is intended to be (and is) very similar to Outlook 2010 on the PC, with a few notable differences. If you are a former Entourage user, however, you will notice some big changes and some key omissions.

The Ribbon

Like its Windows counterpart, Outlook 2011's user interface is dominated by the ribbon, a strip of text and icons across the top of the window that is meant to make finding features easier. There are three tabs in Outlook's ribbon. The Home tab is where you will find the things you need most frequently, like composing a new email or replying to an existing one. 

Outlook Mail Home Tab

Moving from Entourage

If you are a former Entourage user, here are some important differences:

  • You switch between email, calendar, and contacts using the buttons at the bottom of the screen (was in the toolbar at the top).
  • By default, emails are grouped by subject (called a 'conversation'). Click the triangle to the left of a subject to see all its emails.
  • The month mini calendar in the lower left is only visible in calendar view (not in all views as it was before).

These changes are cited from this Macworld article.

Additional Resources

An abundance of information about Outlook 2011 can be found on Microsoft's Outlook for Mac website. A great place to start there is the Outlook Basics tutorial.

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Sep 27, 2011