Ditching the mouse can greatly enhance your productivity — especially when it comes to managing your email in Microsoft Outlook. The Cranking Widgets Blog wrote a short post that walks you through sending email in Outlook without using the mouse. Give this a try and see your productivity grow. I use this keystroke method everyday.
- Use Alt+Tab to switch to Outlook.
- If you’re looking at anything other than one of your mail folders (like your Calendar or Contacts), hit Ctrl+Shift+M to open a new mail message, otherwise just hit Ctrl+N.
- You should now be looking at a blank email, with your cursor placed in the To: field. Type the recipients name (and if Outlook is connected to Microsoft Exchange Server and you’re emailing somebody in your organization, you can type their name and hit Ctrl+K, which will verify their address for you).
- Use the TAB key to navigate between the CC:, BCC: and Subject fields, filling in as necessary.
- Hit TAB to enter the main text area of the email, type the body of your message.
- Invoke the SpellCheck utility using the F7 key. Use the TAB key to navigate, making changes as needed.
- Once you’re ready to send, hit Ctrl+Enter.
No mouse required – [The Cranking Widgets Blog]