Outlook.com tips


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Outlook.com @ School

Classes, homework, and exams can be stressful, but Outlook.com can help make it easier for you to stay in touch with your friends and be productive from anywhere.

All your email in one place

Stop juggling multiple email accounts. Forward your university account, and others, into Outlook.com, and keep track of all your conversations in one place. Put each account into its own folder or sub-folder to keep them organized.

With a few clicks, you can set up your Outlook.com to do the work of organizing your email for you. Save time and get rid of email busy work by trying out tools like Sweep—schedule a cleanup, keep only the most recent newsletter, and delete email in bulk from multiple senders. Clean out hundreds of email in seconds and keep your email clutter-free.

You can even set simple rules to automatically file away email from specific senders, so they never hit your inbox in the first place.

Friends and family

Being a straight-A student doesn’t mean giving up your social life! Keep up with your friends’ social updates by connecting your Outlook.com account to Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks.

Update your status, see their latest updates, profile pictures, and keep your contacts’ info automatically synced in one place.

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SkyDrive also makes it easy to share spring break photos, your band’s latest recording, a class video, or anything else, with anyone you choose. It’s simple to share individual files or entire folders with friends and family, no matter what software they use.

Study from anywhere

Forget about flash drives or emailing files to yourself. When you’re using Outlook.com, click the arrow next to Outlook at the top of your inbox.

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Then click SkyDrive to access your free 7 GB of storage. Save files here instead of putting them on flash drives or emailing them to yourself.

Mail, People, Calendar, and SkyDrive

That way, you can access your stuff through the SkyDrive tab in your Outlook.com inbox, or at SkyDrive.com, from any browser—from your dorm room, the library, or your phone. Not only can you open, edit, or print the latest versions of your documents using free Office Web Apps, but you can also fetch files that are saved on your PC back home, so you never have to worry about forgetting something.

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Here’s how to get the most out of SkyDrive:

  • Install SkyDrive for Windows or Mac.

  • Then create folders for each of your classes in your SkyDrive folder.

  • Save all your handouts, homework assignments, and papers or project files in the appropriate folder.

  • Get SkyDrive for Android, Windows Phone, iPhone, or iPad. That way, everything will always be accessible from your phone, computer, or tablet.

Your electronic backpack

Instead of carrying around class notebooks, handouts, and homework, keep all of your stuff for class in your SkyDrive—and access it from any of your devices or from the library or computer lab.

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If you have Microsoft Office, you might already have OneNote 2010. OneNote can replace your paper notebook and help you stay organized and on top of your classes. Save notes and PDF versions of handouts directly to your OneNote notebook. Or, you can use a scanner, app, or take a picture of your handouts, homework, or even lecture notes from your friends to digitize and store them in your OneNote notebook. Because your OneNote notebook is searchable, you’ll have no problem finding it again.

SkyDrive and OneNote together are even more powerful. Save your notebook to your SkyDrive folder and download the OneNote mobile app so you can study anywhere, right from your phone or tablet.

Work together easily

Now everyone in the group project can work together, whether they're on a PC or a Mac. And you don't have to reformat your document when switching between Google Docs and Microsoft Office. Instead, everyone can use Office or the Office Web App right in their browser to create great-looking presentations, spreadsheets, and group papers—all from different computers—even if they don’t have Office installed.

And don’t worry if you’ve been working in Google Docs. Importing them to SkyDrive is simple, and you won’t have to worry about reformatting.

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