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The Default Display for Command Bars
In the Microsoft Office applications, toolbars and menus are known as command bars.
The differences between menus and toolbars are blurred, and you can have menus on
your toolbars and buttons on the menu bar.
Habits are hard to break, so most people still refer to commands and command bars as
buttons, toolbars, and menus based on what they do. A button is pressed, a toolbar has
buttons on it, menus fly out when pressed, and menu bars have only menus on them.
Using the mouse to select commands, including navigating submenus,
is slower for many typists because of the need to move your hand from
the keyboard and pick up the mouse. Using shortcut keys is easier for
many touch-typists and navigating the menus using the arrow keys is
faster than using the mouse.
Outlook's command bars are highly configurable and creating custom toolbars with your
frequently used commands will help you work faster. As you'll see later in this hour,
creating your own toolbars is fun and easy, and it's something that anyone can do.
When Outlook is first started, you'll see the menu bar at the top of the window and the
Standard toolbar immediately under it. At the far right of the menu bar is the Ask a
Question box. Along with the Standard toolbar, all Outlook items have an Advanced
toolbar, as shown in Figure 16.1. The Advanced toolbar is not shown by default, but I
recommend showing it because it contains several useful tools (right-click the toolbar
area and click Advanced). If you want to save screen space, the Standard and Advanced
toolbars can share a row.
Figure 16.1. Standard and Advanced toolbars are the default command bars used
by Outlook. These command bars contain the basic commands you need to work
with each item type. The tools vary for each folder type.
- If you upgraded a previous version of Outlook, your previous toolbar
settings should be retained.
The buttons and menus shown by default vary depending on the folder type, with the
basic commands used by the item type available on the default toolbars. All Outlook
folders and forms include a Standard toolbar, and Advanced and Web toolbars, which are
not shown by default.
Each Outlook item type uses a different set of toolbars containing the tools Microsoft
thinks you'll use the most for that item type. Notes are the exception—there are no
toolbars or menus on the note form. The menus and toolbars you'll see when you
compose a message depend on whether you're using Word or Outlook's native editor for
See the hours about email (Hour 4), calendar (Hour 11), contacts
(Hour 10), tasks (Hour 12), and the journal (Hour 13) to learn more
about the commands specific to each Outlook item type.
- Although Outlook has only one menu bar, you can create as many toolbars as you'd like
and put the menus on it. You can also put toolbar buttons on the menu bar. The menu bar
can't be disabled, but you can remove menus from it and replace them with other tool
buttons, if desired.
The menu bar and toolbars are positioned at the top of the screen by default, but you can
dock them on any edge of the Outlook window, including on the left or right side in a
vertical position, or have the toolbars float on the screen.
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