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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 use Parallels on my...

I use Parallels on my MacBook just to run Outlook (don't try it with less than 2GB RAM).

I tried David Allen's GTD Add-in for about a year, before having to re-install a corrupt Windows. Pressed for time and unable to locate the add-in installer, I purchased his PDF on configuring outlook (I was leaving for a trip). I have found it much, much better than the add-in! Outlook runs faster without the add-in. There are less buttons to clutter your space and all the functionality of the add-in is still there. Highly recommended. The tips on organizing Outlook are great.

For searching email, I use Google's Desktop Search set to search Outlook Mail, Contacts, and Appointments and EVERYTHING else turned off. This uses considerably less resources that full-flegded Google Desktop install, and the mail search is awesome!

I just installed SpeedFiler, and am loving it! (My mail folder structure is like my filing cabinet: A-Z with subfolders for all topics).




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