First, the good news: Microsoft Outlook's integration of email, scheduling, and contact information make it a powerful tool that you can use in organizing your work and your life. And as part of the Microsoft Office suite, it integrates with the other Office applications, like Word and Excel. With Outlook as your personal information manager or PIM, your productivity can skyrocket.Now the bad news: released for the first time with Office 97 and since reissued in a number of new versions, most notably Outlook 98, Outlook frequently seems more like it's beta than production software. Whether you're most bothered by Outlook's refusal to deliver your email, its tendency to eat up your free hard disk space, or any of the other numerous glitches that occur from time to time (and sometimes all the time), you're almost sure to feel at some time or another that Outlook is just plain annoying. Someone ought to do something about it.That's just what authors Woody Leonhard, Lee Hudspeth, and T.J. Lee have done. In Outlook Annoyances, they look at these and other annoyances and show how you can conquer them so that you can actually use Outlook to organize and manage your personal information. For instance, the book will help you:
Customize the Outlook 98 toolbar so it reflects the way you work rather than the needs of Microsoft's marketing machine
Walk through Outlook's often deeply buried user interface settings so that you can decide what you want to change and why
Get data into Outlook from your old email client or PIM, move information from one Outlook module to another, and export data from Outlook to other applications, like Microsoft Word
Create custom forms that use VBScript and access the Outlook object model to eliminate many of the annoyances of Outlook's standard forms
Understand the difficulties involved in combining widely disparate data in a single container. Often, knowing where an annoyance comes from -- even if you can't do anything about it -- makes it far less annoying.
Outlook Annoyances is the definitive guide for those who want to customize Microsoft Outlook. It empowers users who want to take full advantage of Outlook to transform it into the useful tool that it was intended to be.
Lee Hudspeth is a co-founder of PRIME Consulting Group, Inc. (Hermosa Beach, CA), a Microsoft Solution Provider. His background is in operations research, financial analysis, and marketing analysis (formerly with Unocal Corp.). He has coauthored several books on Office, including The Underground Guide to Microsoft Office, OLE, and VBA and The Underground Guide to Excel 5.0 for Windows. He is co-editor-in-chief of the monthly newsletter Woody's Underground Office. He's a Microsoft MVP (Most Valued Professional), coauthor of the Microsoft course on application development using WordBasic, and a certified Microsoft trainer in Visual Basic and WordBasic. Along with other PRIME Consulting staff, Lee has developed innumerable lines of VB, VBA, and WordBasic code for the firm's numerous Office add-ins (PRIME for Excel and PRIME for Word), going way back to Word 2.0. Lee also writes and delivers Office usage and development custom courses to hordes of interested parties the world over.
T.J. Lee, a co-founder of PRIME Consulting Group, has a background as a certified public accountant and has done computer and management consulting for years. He has coauthored several books on Office, including The Underground Guide to Microsoft Excel 5 and The Underground Guide to Microsoft Office, OLE and VBA. T.J. is co-editor-in-chief of the monthly newsletter Woody's Underground Office and a certified Microsoft trainer. He has written countless courseware packages and manuals, coauthored the Microsoft Education Services course on Developing Applications in Word, and taught and lectured for thousands of developers and end users.
Woody Leonhard's books include Windows 3.1 Programming for Mere Mortals, The Underground Guide to Word for Windows, The Hacker's Guide to Word for Windows, The Mother of All PC Books, The Mother of All Windows 95 Books, and several others. He was series editor for Addison-Wesley's Underground Guides (11 books) and A-W's Hacker's Guides (4 books). Along with T.J. Lee and Lee Hudspeth he's editor-in-chief of PC Computing's Undocumented Office, a monthly hardcopy newsletter. He's a contributing editor at PC Computing (circulation 1,000,000+), and productivity editor for Office Computing (circulation 400,000), a new monthly magazine from the editors of PC Computing. He also publishes a free weekly electronic news bulletin on Microsoft Office called WOW (Woody's Office Watch), available by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Woody's software company makes WOPR (Woody's Office POWER Pack), the number-one enhancement to Microsoft Office. A self-described "grizzled computer hack, frustrated novelist and Office victim," by day he's a Tibetan human rights activist and co-founder of the Tibetan Children's Fund. Woody lives on top of a mountain in Coal Creek Canyon, Colorado.
Our look is the result of reader comments, our own experimentation, and feedback from distribution channels. Distinctive covers complement our distinctive approach to technical topics, breathing personality and life into potentially dry subjects. The bird featured on the cover of Outlook Annoyances is a herring gull, one of 43 species of gulls. The herring gull is distributed across the Northern Hemisphere, primarily in temperate climates. These attractive gulls have white heads and breasts, blue-gray mantles, and bright yellow bills, with a single red spot on the lower mandible. They have been called 'vultures of the sea,' because they will eat any piece of refuse, offal, or dead fish that comes their way. They rarely catch live fish, although they often catch shellfish and drop them on rocks or hard ground to crack the shells open. Like all gulls, herring gulls are voracious eaters, and often eat so much that they cannot walk or fly. Sea storms can cause a dearth of food sources, so this gluttony is often necessary for survival for the gulls.Herring gulls are generally monogamous, although partner changes do occasionallly occur. Nests are usually built on the ground, and the same nesting site is kept for years. Three eggs are usually laid per clutch. The incubation period is 20 to 30 days. Upon hatching, most survival skills are innately known to the chick. The parents bring food to the young and guard the nest, but don't do much teaching. The gulls often return to the place where they reached maturity to build their nests.Despite their unsavory eating habits, the relationship between herring gulls and humans has often been a beneficial one to the humans. The droppings of these gulls can fertilize soil. For this reason, in 1875, the herring gull colonies on the German islands of Borkum and Langeoog were protected. In Utah in 1848, the crops of Mormon settlers were nearly totally destroyed by a plague of crickets. The crops were saved by the arrival of a flock of gulls, probably herring gulls from California, who consumed all of the crickets. The grateful settlers erected a monmuent to the gulls, which still stands in Salk Lake City. Edie Freedman designed the cover of this book, using a 19th-century engraving from the Dover Pictorial Archive. The cover layout was produced with Quark XPress 3.3 using the ITC Garamond font. Whenever possible, our books use RepKover, a durable and flexible lay-flat binding. If the page count exceeds RepKover's limit, perfect binding is used.The inside layout was designed by Nancy Priest and implemented in FrameMaker by Mike Sierra. The text and heading fonts are ITC Garamond Light and Garamond Book. The illustrations that appear in the book were created in Macromedia Freehand 7.0 and screen shots were created in Adobe Photoshop 4.0 by Robert Romano. This colophon was written by Clairemarie Fisher O'Leary.