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Favorite Windows email tricks and plugins

I'm working on an article about email tricks for one of your finer magazines, and -- as you might imagine -- when it comes to the inevitable Windows stuff, I'm a bit light in the useful tips department. So, I turn to you Redmond-using smarties for help.

Do you have a favorite application, plugin, trick, or hack for bending Windows email to your will? Double-credit for Outlook add-ons that garden-variety users can install without fancy root-style access. Whence comes your magic Windows fu?

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I work for a large...

I work for a large corp, so software add-ons are a big no-no at work.

Here is how I use Outlook:

Inbox: I try to only keep emails in my Inbox that require action and I flag them so they don't get lost in the sea of new emails coming in. Otherwise emails get filed in personal folders. Once the task is done, I just file it in the appropriate personal folder.

Personal Folders: I have Outlook set up so I can see labeled personal folders that are currently requiring my attention. I usually have folders for the departments I interact with and any major initiatives that I am involved with. That way I can just dump emails from my Inbox into my personal folders. When I don't need the folder anymore, I just archive it.

Calendar: There are tasks that I am required to do on a monthly/weekly basis. I create a reoccuring reminder to pop-up a few days before the task is due.




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