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Shortcut keys are usually a combination of one or more keys to launch a specific program or to pass commands while doing something. It’s very essential to know keyboard shortcuts in order to improve your time speed and get your work done fast. Previously I have posted shortcut keys for Windows 7 and here are the MS Outlook 2010 shortcut keys. Since many people use Microsoft Outlook as their default email client, knowing it’s shortcuts will save their time and get the tasks done efficiently.

Microsoft Outlook 2010 Keyboard Shortcuts

Microsoft Outlook 2010 Shortcut Keys

  • CTRL+1: Switch to Mail.
  • CTRL+2: Switch to Calendar.
  • CTRL+3: Switch to Contacts.
  • CTRL+4: Switch to Tasks.
  • CTRL+5: Switch to Notes.
  • CTRL+6: Switch to Folder List in Navigation Pane.
  • CTRL+7: Switch to Shortcuts.
  • CTRL+PERIOD: Switch to next message (with message open).
  • CTRL+COMMA: Switch to previous message (with message open).
  • CTRL+SHIFT+TAB or SHIFT+TAB: Move between the Navigation Pane, the main Outlook window, the Reading Pane, and the To-Do Bar.
  • CTRL+TAB: Move around message header lines in the Navigation Pane or an open message.
  • Arrow keys: Move around within the Navigation Pane.
  • ALT+B or ALT+LEFT ARROW: Go back to previous view in main Outlook window.
  • CTRL+Y: Go to a different folder.
  • F3 or CTRL+E: Go to the Search box.
  • ALT+UP ARROW or CTRL+COMMA or ALT+PAGE UP: In the Reading Pane, go to the previous message.
  • SPACEBAR: In the Reading Pane, page down through text.
  • SHIFT+SPACEBAR: In the Reading Pane, page up through text.
  • ALT+RIGHT ARROW: Go forward to next view in main Outlook window.
  • CTRL+SHIFT+I: Switch to Inbox.
  • CTRL+SHIFT+O: Switch to Outbox.
  • CTRL+K: Check names.
  • ALT+S: Send.
  • CTRL+R: Reply to a message.
  • CTRL+SHIFT+R: Reply all to a message.
  • CTRL+ALT+R: Reply with meeting request.
  • CTRL+F: Forward a message.
  • CTRL+ ALT+J: Mark a message as not junk.
  • CTRL+SHIFT+I: Display blocked external content (in a message).
  • CTRL+ SHIFT+S: Post to a folder.
  • CTRL+SHIFT+N: Apply Normal style.
  • CTRL+M or F9: Check for new messages.
  • UP ARROW: Go to the previous message.
  • DOWN ARROW: Go to the next message.
  • CTRL+N: Create a message (when in Mail).
  • CTRL+SHIFT+M: Create a message (from any Outlook view).
  • CTRL+O: Open a received message.
  • CTRL+SHIFT+D: Delete and Ignore a Conversation.
  • CTRL+SHIFT+B: Open the Address Book.
  • INSERT: Add a Quick Flag to an unopened message.
  • CTRL+SHIFT+G: Display the Flag for Follow Up dialog box.
  • CTRL+Q: Mark as read.
  • CTRL+U: Mark as unread.
  • CTRL+SHIFT+W: Open the Mail Tip in the selected message.
  • ALT+ENTER: Show the properties for the selected item.
  • CTRL+SHIFT+U: Create a multimedia message.
  • CTRL+SHIFT+T: Create a text message.
  • CTRL+ALT+M: Mark for Download.
  • CTRL+ALT+U: Clear Mark for Download.
  • F9: Send and Receive.
  • CTRL+B (when a Send/Receive is in progress): Display Send/Receive progress.
  • CTRL+SHIFT+D: Dial a new call.
  • F3 or CTRL+E: Find a contact or other item (Search).
  • F11: Enter a name in the Search Address Books box.
  • SHIFT+letter: In Table or List view of contacts, go to first contact that starts with a specific letter.
  • F5: Update a list of distribution list members.
  • CTRL+Y: Go to a different folder.
  • CTRL+SHIFT+B: Open the Address Book.
  • CTRL+SHIFT+F: Use Advanced Find.
  • CTRL+SHIFT+PERIOD: In an open contact, open the next contact listed.
  • F11: Find a contact.
  • ESC: Close a contact.
  • CTRL+SHIFT+X: Send a fax to the selected contact.
  • CTRL+N: Create a new appointment (when in Calendar).
  • CTRL+SHIFT+A: Create a new appointment (in any Outlook view).
  • CTRL+SHIFT+Q: Create a new meeting request.
  • CTRL+F: Forward an appointment or meeting.
  • CTRL+R: Reply to a meeting request with a message.
  • CTRL+SHIFT+R: Reply All to a meeting request with a message.
  • ALT+0: Show 10 days in the calendar.
  • ALT+1: Show 1 day in the calendar.
  • ALT+2: Show 2 days in the calendar.
  • ALT+3: Show 3 days in the calendar.
  • ALT+4: Show 4 days in the calendar.
  • ALT+5: Show 5 days in the calendar.
  • ALT+6: Show 6 days in the calendar.
  • ALT+7: Show 7 days in the calendar.
  • ALT+8: Show 8 days in the calendar.
  • ALT+9: Show 9 days in the calendar.
  • CTRL+G: Go to a date.
  • ALT+= or CTRL+ALT+4: Switch to Month view.
  • CTRL+RIGHT ARROW: Go to the next day.
  • ALT+DOWN ARROW: Go to the next week.
  • ALT+PAGE DOWN: Go to the next month.
  • CTRL+LEFT ARROW: Go to the previous day.
  • ALT+UP ARROW: Go to the previous week.
  • ALT+PAGE UP: Go to the previous month.
  • ALT+HOME: Go to the start of the week.
  • ALT+END: Go to the end of the week.
  • ALT+MINUS SIGN or CTRL+ALT+3: Switch to Full Week view.
  • CTRL+A: Select all contacts.
  • CTRL+F: Create a message with selected contact as subject.
  • CTRL+J: Create a Journal entry for the selected contact.
  • CTRL+N: Create a new contact (when in Contacts).
  • CTRL+SHIFT+C: Create a new contact (from any Outlook view).
  • CTRL+O: Open a contact form for the selected contact.
  • CTRL+SHIFT+L: Create a distribution list.
  • CTRL+P: Print.
  • CTRL+ALT+2: Switch to Work Week view.
  • CTRL+COMMA or CTRL+SHIFT+COMMA: Go to previous appointment.
  • CTRL+PERIOD or CTRL+SHIFT+PERIOD: Go to next appointment.
  • CTRL+E: Find a message or other item.
  • ESC: Clear the search results.
  • CTRL+ALT+A: Expand the search to include All Mail Items, All Calendar Items, or All Contact Items, depending on the module you are in.
  • CTRL+SHIFT+F: Use Advanced Find.
  • CTRL+SHIFT+P: Create a new Search Folder.
  • F4: Search for text within an open item.
  • CTRL+H: Find and replace text, symbols, or some formatting commands. Works in the Reading Pane on an open item.
  • CTRL+ALT+K: Expand search to include items from the current folder.
  • CTRL+ALT+Z: Expand search to include subfolders.

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Here is a list of my favorite Google advanced search operators, operator combinations, and related uses:

  • link:URL = lists other pages that link to the URL.
  • related:URL = lists other pages that are related to the URL.
  • site:domain.com “search term = restricts search results to the given domain.
  • allinurl:WORDS = shows only pages with all search terms in the url.
  • inurl:WORD = like allinurl: but filters the URL based on the first term only.
  • allintitle:WORD = shows only results with terms in title.
  • intitle:WORD = similar to allintitle, but only for the next word.
  • cache:URL = will show the Google cached version of the URL.
  • info:URL = will show a page containing links to related searches, backlinks, and pages containing the url. This is the same as typing the url into the search box.
  • filetype:SOMEFILETYPE = will restrict searches to that filetype
  • -filetype:SOMEFILETYPE = will remove that file type from the search.
  • site:www.somesite.net “+www.somesite.net” = shows you how many pages of your site are indexed by google
  • allintext: = searches only within text of pages, but not in the links or page title
  • allinlinks: = searches only within links, not text or title
  • WordA OR WordB = search for either the word A or B
  • “Word” OR “Phrase” = search exact word or phrase
  • WordA -WordB = find word A but filter results that include word B
  • WordA +WordB = results much contain both Word A and Word B
  • ~WORD = looks up the word and its synonyms
  • ~WORD -WORD = looks up only the synonyms to the word
  • More info.

Below I have compiled a list of 7 clever Google tricks that I believe everyone should be aware of.  Together I think they represent the apex of the grand possibilities associated with Google search manipulation tricks and hacks.  Although there are many others out there, these 7 tricks are my all-time favorite.  Enjoy yourself.

1.  Find the Face Behind the Result – This is a neat trick you can use on a Google Image search to filter the search results so that they include only images of people.  How is this useful?  Well, it could come in handy if you are looking for images of the prominent people behind popular products, companies, or geographic locations.  You can perform this search by appending the code &imgtype=face to the end of the URL address after you perform a standard Google Image search.

2.  Google + Social Media Sites = Quality Free Stuff – If you are on the hunt for free desktop wallpaper, stock images, WordPress templates or the like, using Google to search your favorite social media sites is your best bet.  The word “free” in any standard search query immediately attracts spam.  Why wade through potential spam in standard search results when numerous social media sites have an active community of users who have already ranked and reviewed the specific free items that interest you.  All you have to do is direct Google to search through each of these individual social media sites, and bingo… you find quality content ranked by hundreds of other people.

3.  Find Free Anonymous Web Proxies – A free anonymous web proxy site allows any web browser to access other third-party websites by channeling the browser’s connection through the proxy.  The web proxy basically acts as a middleman between your web browser and the third-party website you are visiting.  Why would you want to do this?  There are two common reasons:

  • You’re connecting to a public network at a coffee shop or internet café and you want privacy while you browse the web.  You don’t want the admin to know every site you visit.
  • You want to bypass a web content filter or perhaps a server-side ban on your IP address.  Content filtering is common practice on college campus networks.  This trick will usually bypass those restrictions.

There are subscription services and applications available such as TOR and paid VPN servers that do the same thing.  However, this trick is free and easy to access from anywhere via Google.  All you have to do is look through the search results returned by the queries below, find a proxy that works, and enter in the URL of the site you want to browse anonymously.

4.  Google for Music, Videos, and Ebooks – Google can be used to conduct a search for almost any file type, including Mp3s, PDFs, and videos.  Open web directories are one of the easiest places to quickly find an endless quantity of freely downloadable files.  This is an oldie, but it’s a goodie!  Why thousands of webmasters incessantly fail to secure their web severs will continue to boggle our minds.

5.  Browse Open Webcams Worldwide – Take a randomized streaming video tour of the world by searching Google for live open access video webcams.  This may not be the most productive Google trick ever, but it sure is fun!  (Note: you may be prompted to install an ActiveX control or the Java runtime environment which allows your browser to view certain video stream formats.)

6.  Judge a Site by its Image – Find out what a site is all about by looking at a random selection of the images hosted on its web pages.  Even if you are somewhat familiar with the target site’s content, this can be an entertaining little exercise.  You will almost surely find something you didn’t expect to see.  All you have to do is use Google’s site: operator to target a domain in an image search.

7.  Results Based on Third-Party Opinion – Sometimes you can get a better idea of the content located within a website by reading how other websites refer to that site’s content.  The allinanchor: Google search operator can save you large quantities of time when a normal textual based search query fails to fetch the information you desire.  It conducts a search based on keywords used strictly in the anchor text, or linking text, of third party sites that link to the web pages returned by the search query.  In other words, this operator filters your search results in a way such that Google ignores the title and content of the returned web pages, but instead bases the search relevance on the keywords that other sites use to reference the results.  It can add a whole new dimension of variety to your search results.

Want more info on Google Hacking?  These 3 books are must reads:

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After Facebook and Google launching respective URL shortnening services, Youtube has also jumped for the same. youtu.be is the URL slug to be used for shortened Youtube video URLs. Just like Google’s URL shortener goo.gl is specially for Google services, Youtube’s URL youtu.be is specially for sharing Youtube video links on social media. Procedure to generate such shortened youtu.be links isn’t easy.

Make shortened Youtube links with youtu.be

You need to grab Youtube video ID from original video URL and add it after youtu.be slug. For example:

– Actual Youtube URL

– Shortened Youtube URL

[via Techno Life]

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I am a heavy user, and prefer to use the keyboard shortcuts to save some time while dealing with emails. One of my favorite tricks is to quickly archive labeled emails in Gmail. In addition to that I also use several other quick keyboard shortcuts to achieve things that would save me more than a few seconds. Here are few of the keyboard shortcut commands, which will be helpful to you.


Quickly Archive Labeled Email in Gmail

To achieve this trick you will have to enable the “Go to label” feature in Gmail Labs. You will find instructions for doing it on this post. Here is the key combination you will require to use to quickly archive emails from a certain label.

Press “g + l” and type the label name, then press “Shift + 8″ together (*) and press “a” to select all email, finally press “e” to archive the selected email.

Archive Label Email Command: g + l > type label name > * + a > e

Quickly Mark All Unread Emails as Read or Archive Them

Using these commands you can select all the unread emails on a page and mark them as read or archive them

Mark as Read Command: * + u > Shift + i

Archive Command: * + u > e

Quickly Mark All Read Emails as Unread or Archive Them

Using these commands you can select all the read emails on a page and mark them as unread or archive them

Mark as Unread Command: * + r > Shift + u

Archive Command: * + r > e

[via Techie Buzz]

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