Outlook Express 5 Notes

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Date: Monday, February 1st, 1999, 00:00
Category: Archive

Lucius Kwok

After spending a few days getting used to Outlook Express 5, and after some helpful readers (thanks!) pointed out the quirks of the new interface, I’ve found out how to change the default signature. It’s in the Tools->Accounts->Options tab, and now that I’ve found it, I like being able to set a different signature for each account.

One reader thought the newsgroup reader is a step backwards from the previous version. I suggest trying out MT-NewsWatcher for newsgroups.

A couple other readers note that there’s no easy way to decrypt PGP encrypted files.

One thing I noticed is that the way you enter data into fields in new messages and in the contact list is a lot like the Palm Desktop software in that when you click on a field, the app shows you a dialog box which lets you enter the data, instead of typing directly into the field. It’s a bit different, but I’m getting used to it and like it because it gives you a larger space to input data. Also, the way auto-complete works with addresses is much better, giving you more detail about the name and email address you’re auto-completing.

Attachments are better handled in OE5. I like being able to drag-and-drop attachments in and out of mail messages.

And finally, if you’re looking for a way to close the main window in OE, there’s a checkbox in the general preferences (Edit->Preferences->General) that says ‘Display close box in main browser window.’

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