In previous versions of Microsoft Outlook, you could get to “message options” by right clicking an email item. This was great because you didn’t have to open the email. I often used this feature to spot fake emails by reviewing the internet headers. Although the feature still exists in Outlook 2010, you now need to open the email, click the File tab, select Info and then Properties.
For me, this is too many steps. The good news is Outlook has a feature called the Quick Access Toolbar that solves this problem. If you’re not familiar with this toolbar, it resides in the top left corner just above the ribbon. You can add just about any Outlook command to this tiny toolbar whether they be frequently used commands or ones buried deep within the program.
Adding Commands to Quick Access Toolbar
For this tutorial, I'll be using the “message options” command as the item I wish to add.
1. Click the small triangle icon on the Quick Access toolbar toolbar.
2. From the Customize Quick Access Toolbar list, select More Commands…
3. The Outlook Options dialog box will open allowing you to choose commands. In the middle area labeled Choose commands from: select Commands Not in the Ribbon.
4. Scroll down the list and select Message Options…
5. Click the Add >> button in the center to move your command to the Customize Quick Access Toolbar column.
(Optional) At this stage, you can change the order of the toolbar items by using the directional arrows on the right side.
6. Click OK.
You should see a new icon on the toolbar representing the command you added.
Another nice feature is once you get this toolbar set up to your liking, you can export the settings to another computer.
Last Updated (Saturday, 17 December 2011 22:44)