View Public Folders in Outlook 2010

One thing that can be hard to find in Outlook – public folders (usually shared calendars like the OPS room calendar). That’s because they hide in the “Folder List” rather than the default Mail view. Fortunately they live just a couple clicks away. Here’s how to view them: Open Outlook, and click on “Folder List” (alternatively you can hold down Ctrl key and press 6). Once you do that Public folders should appear near the bottom of the pane on the left of Outlook.

That’s it you should have access to the various shared calendars and folders floating around the UUA.

Note: If you’re using Office for Mac you’ll need to Subscribe to Public Folders for this functionality

Archiving and .pst Files: What Are They?

Before I dive into archiving and what .pst files are, I’d like to start with a brief overview of how the UUA’s email system works. Everything in each person’s Inbox, Deleted Items, and other folders live on one of the UUA’s servers. Outlook (or Entourage for Mac users) connects to our server and grabs a copy of each email, calendar item, contact, etc. It also checks back periodically for any new email that may have been sent to your inbox. (more…)

Outlook Meeting Requests

Suppose I want to setup a meeting with Scott before he takes off on sabbatical, but I don’t want to waste our time trying to figure out when we’re both free. Outlook has me covered; it can help me find a time that works.

First I’ll open Outlook and switch into the Calendar View (Ctr + 2 is the keyboard shortcut). Then I’ll click on New and Select Meeting Request (or Ctrl + Shift + Q if I want to get fancy with the keyboard).
This will bring up an appointment, so I’ll just fill out a few details: in the “To…” field Super important IT Meeting in the “Subject” field and My Office in the” Location” field. I’ll type in some quick notes about what we’ll cover during the meeting: maybe a link to a product online we’re looking at, notes from a previous meeting, or subjects we want to cover during the upcoming meeting. Now I’ll make a quick guestimate that the stuff will take 45 minutes to talk about and dial that into the start and end times*.