Tag Archives: Outlook

Easily find a phone number

A quick way to find a staff member’s phone number and to call them is to:

1. Create a new email
2. Type their name into the To.. field (and wait for it to underline, or tap Ctrl+K)
3. Right-click their name
4. Click the telephone symbol to call them
or click Open Outlook Properties to see their phone number.

Call a staff member

You may also find this tip helpful:

Simplify your emailing with this quick way to find an email recipient’s name, using Ctrl+K.


For other great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Technology Information for Staff website

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Turn an Email into a Calendar Appointment

From time to time you might get an email that you’d like to use to form the basis of a calendar appointment. Usually this would be to remind yourself to do something; or if you need to send a meeting invitation to people, to include all the information that is in the email.

To do this, simply drag the email from your Inbox and drop it onto the Calendar icon, in the lower left corner of the Outlook window.

Outlook calendar icon

A calendar appointment is created, displaying the contents of the email in the body of the appointment. You can then add any other information you’d like to, and even invite others to the appointment (or not, if it is just something you want to put into your own calendar), and save or send it as you would any other appointment.

(Thanks to Rebecca Hurrell for this Tech Tip suggestion, and wording!)


For other great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Technology Information for Staff website

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Are you sending emails to yourself?

We all do it. An idea for later. Something we must remember to do. Some ideas relating to a project.

For example, say you have an Outlook email folder containing email relating to a particular thing you are working on, and you’d like to save some thoughts of your own in the same folder…. So you send yourself an email containing those thoughts, which you then save in that work folder. Sound familiar?

There is a better way!
It is called
Post In This Folder, and it is a button in Outlook Mail.

To use Post In This Folder in Outlook Mail:

  1. Open the folder in Outlook that you’d like to post the note in
  2. Click the New Items button (at the left end of the Home Ribbon)
  3. Click More Items
  4. Click Post In This Folder
    – a blank note “page”  appears
  5. Add a subject line
  6. Write any notes you’d like to record
  7. Click the Post button

NOTE: if you use this button a lot, pin it to the Quick Access Toolbar so that you can access it quickly.


For other great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Technology Information for Staff website

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Save Travel Time for Meetings

Some fresh air is great, but you don’t always have the time to travel to and from a meeting. There is an alternative.

Did you know that you can meet with your colleagues around the University, from your desk, using the teleconferencing and video conferencing* features on your computer?
(*video conferencing is available if you have a camera on your computer)

In Microsoft Outlook Calendar:

  1. Click New Skype Meeting on the Home ribbonNew Skype Meeting button
  2. Add your participants (as you would normally add recipients to an email) so that each recipient will receive an invitationNew Skype Meeting Invitation with invitees
    You’ll notice in the body of the meeting there is a link to Join Skype Meeting.
  3. Complete the other details of the meeting and Send the invitation as you normally would.
  4. When the meeting time is due: you, and each participant, click Join Skype Meeting and a conference between you and all the
    participants will be formed.

You can also use this feature for external meetings – eg, with people external to UC – even if they don’t have Skype!

For other ways to make the most of your Skype for Business tools, see these other Skype for Business Basic Tasks.


For other great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Technology Information for Staff website

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Five Things to Massively Simplify Your Day

I posted these tips almost exactly 3 years ago. Did you see them? Read on.

How many times have we heard the words, “if only I had known that yesterday”!

Are you using these five tips?
They make a difference to my life every day. The time investment it takes you to read and implement them will be repaid to you many, many times in time, effort and satisfaction.

  1. Simplify your Emailing with this quick way to find an Email recipient’s name, using Ctrl K
  2. Make your computer type “University of Canterbury” (and other repetitive long phrases) for you
  3. Use Outlook Quick Steps to avoid repetitively entering email address names
  4. Lock your computer when you step away from it
  5. Archive of Tech Tips

For other great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Technology Information for Staff website

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