Outlook 2000 in a Nutshell
By Tom Syroid, Bo Leuf
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: May 2000
Pages: 664

With most of the books currently on the market for Outlook 2000 falling into the instant-learn, limited-scope "Dummies" category, the need for an up-to-date and comprehensive reference book such as Outlook 2000 in a Nutshell is high. This book is for typical Nutshell readers: sophisticated computer users who need a comprehensive, functional reference to the product.

Outlook is much more than just an email client. It is a powerful and versatile program that includes contact, calendar, notes, task, and journal tools all tightly integrated to give users quick access to vital information and fast, easy ways to share that information. You can arrange virtual conferences with NetMeeting, send Office documents through Outlook Mail, and save calendars as web pages and publish them to the Web.

Outlook 2000 in a Nutshell is organized intuitively, beginning with a program overview examining Outlook's interface and structure along with setup and installation issues. The chapter on program insights delves deeper into the program, looking at data structures, forms, and categories. The second part of the book drills down into Outlook's individual components and their associated commands, and the last section covers some sophisticated connectivity and collaboration issues as well as file management and encryption. There are also some special sections devoted to working with VBA, using Outlook as an Exchange client, and exploring how Outlook works with Palm devices.

This book covers:

  • Program data structures, forms, and views
  • Adaptive menus and toolbars
  • Outlook's component interaction
  • Connectivity and collaboration tools
  • Importing and exporting
  • Working with VBA
  • Outlook as an Exchange client

The authors worked extensively with Microsoft engineers on the alpha/beta releases of Outlook 98, and bring to the book a wealth of knowledge and experience. They have provided a comprehensive task index, designed to speed up the process of locating important information as well as tips and tricks about the program.

Outlook 2000 in a Nutshell is a must-read for any user who wants to get as much out of this software as possible without wasting time weeding through hundreds of pages of useless information.

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As a part time Author, I can tell you this book is a must for any Outlook user. The screen captures and detailed chapters tell you everything you need to know from simple tasks, to advanced options.

Rob DeStefano

Sony Electronics Inc.

Microsoft MVP-DTS

 
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Outlook 2000 in a Nutshell Review

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Finally, there's an Outlook book for us -- folks who knowenough about Outlook to be dangerous but who also feel that there's more hidden away under Outlook's covers that we just couldn't (or wouldn't!) take the time to find or understand.

I suspect I'm like a lot of you -- I pretty much "live" in Outlook all day. By that I mean that it's the primary application I use all day, every day.

I've been a fan of O'Reilly's Nutshell handbooks for years -- and this one maintains the tradition of brevity and density of content while being entertaining to read. In addition to the expected full complement of reference information, there are a large assortment of tips sprinkled throughout thatprovide some new ideas about how to make better use of Outlook.

If you're looking for a great helper in making Outlook more useful and effective, this is the book to get.

 
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Outlook 2000 in a Nutshell Review

By Rob Campbell

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If you use outlook, buy this book, Anyone who has struggled to learn anything useful from a "How to be a Dummy in 24 Hours for Idiots" will love this book. I found the answers to half a dozen annoying questions in my first 15 minutes of browsing. The authors explain the underlying structure of the Outlook/Exchange data model so that Outlook's myriad ways of looking at and working with your data finally make sense.

If you use Outlook, either by choice or by corporate fiat, buy this book.

 
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By Kerry Liles

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I have recently become a much bigger fan of the 'Nutshell series' and the addition of Outlook 2000 In a Nutshell (OIAN) is a very welcome event.

Outlook is arguably one of the most popular personal information managers in use today. Unfortunately, I suspect many users do not use the program to the full potential. OIAN provides a very lucid explanation of the myriad installation options for the product (eg: Corporate or Internet Mail Only) and finally EXPLAINS what the differences are.

Tom Syroid and Bo Leuf clearly have used the product for hundreds and hundreds of hours and have managed to distill the information that everyone needs. The TIPS alone are worth the price of admission. If you use Outlook, sooner or later you will make use of most of the Tips that are scattered throughout the book (and neatly indexed too).

I use Outlook for seveal hours a day and investing a few precious hours reading this book has paid off immensely.

After reading this book, I found I had a much clearer view of *how* Outlook is supposed to work and now I believe I spend less time poking around the product and more time thinking about ways to expand my particular use of it.

There are many useful gems of wisdom from the authors that bear testament to their experience with the program.

Overall, I am sure that this book will become the de facto reference for Outlook and as far as I am concerned, if you use Outlook 2000 you must have this book to make effective use of your time with the product. Tim O'Reilly should suggest bundling this book with the CD from M'soft ;-) It would save Microsoft mega dollars - they wouldn't need to bother with documentation for Outlook 2000. What was I thinking? Save Microsoft's money???

 
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By Ray Carvey

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This book really helped me out of a jam. It's very well written and exhaustive. Great index, too!

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