One of the most under-utilized features of Outlook 2010 is called Quick Steps. Quick Steps are handy shortcuts for a one-click operation to get tasks done … well… quicker. The silly thing is that it is right in the middle of the Home tab band yet most frequently ignored.
Here’s my scenario, I have all my email from three different accounts delivered to a global inbox. I choose to do this because I find it easier and I don’t miss messages. Having read them I can then transfer them to their relevant folders with one click should I want to save them. Some mail I need to forward on, again something I can do with one click. Some email I just need to reply to then delete the mail, another one click operation.
The quick Steps can be set up to do a multitude of tasks and you can have as many ‘Actions’ as you need assigned to each button. If you are a fan of keyboard shortcuts you can even assign a shortcut to your steps.
There are a number of pre-defined quick steps but you can easily just delete them by right clicking on the step and selecting Delete.
To create a step, click on Create New to open the ‘Edit’ window.
Give your step an appropriate name, for this article I will create a step to reply to and then move an email to a dedicated folder… so I will name the step ‘Reply and Move’.
In the ‘Action’ section, click on the drop down and select the action ‘Reply’.
Now click on the ‘Add Action’ button to add the next action, in this case ‘Move to Folder’.
There are six ready made steps you can choose from by clicking on the open drop down button, as well as a ‘Manage’ button if you need to edit or alter one of your steps.
All in all, once you get use to using Quick Steps it is a real time saver.