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Top template tips: template for success - part 5

Simon Hurst shows us how to increase efficiency and productivity by getting to grips with the template feature in Microsoft Outlook.

In the first four parts of this series we looked at the benefits of using templates in the major Office applications and then looked specifically at the use of templates in Excel, before moving from Excel to Word templates in part 3 and PowerPoint in part 4. In this last part we will look at using templates and related features in Outlook.

Not just templates

In the previous episodes we have seen how to automate content and formatting using the different template techniques available in Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Outlook does have templates but, unlike the other three applications, it is perfectly possible to use Outlook efficiently without having to create new, or change existing, templates.

Part of the reason for this is that Outlook is much less concerned with the creation of content than with content management and generally, though not entirely, the format of an email is perhaps less important than that of a letter, a spreadsheet report or a presentation. Accordingly, much of the content automation within Outlook does not rely on the use of templates.

This is an extract from an article in the November/December 2015 edition of Chartech, the magazine of the IT Faculty.

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