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Weekly Computer Tip # 152
21 April 2006

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keyboard shortcut to go to the next or previous message (Microsoft Outlook)

Do any of you ever flick through your messages in your inbox or folders by using the Next Item or Previous Item button? You know, those blue Up and Down buttons on your toolbar? You might have noticed that, depending on the type of message (for instance a meeting response as compared to an ordinary email message) the button isn't always in the same spot and you have to move your mouse, click somewhere else, move your mouse again, click somewhere else, move your mouse ... you get my drift!?

Well, there is a keyboard shortcut you can use to go from one message (item) to the next or back. It also works if you want to flick through your Tasks or Contacts.

Here's how:

  1. Open a message from your Inbox or folder.
  2. Press [Ctrl]+[Shift]+[,] or [Ctrl]+[Shift]+[.] to display the previous or next message.

Don't find that intuitive? Well, if you look closely, you'll see that [Shift]+[,] is the smaller than sign < whereas [Shift]+[.] is the greater than sign >, which makes it more obvious. (I think! ;-) Give it a go. See whether you like it. But remember that the Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Association recommends to avoid using the mouse as much as possible. (Just in case you thought it's my hobby horse to go out and find those keyboard shortcuts! ;-)

Until next week.

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