Outlook Express Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts are combinations of two or more keys that you can use to perform a task that would typically require a mouse or other pointing device. Getting familiar with keyboard shortcuts not only help you get the work done faster, but also more efficient.

Previously I have covered Microsoft Windows, Windows 8.1 and RT, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Ubuntu, Apple, WordPress, Twitter,and Windows Mail app, Thunderbird, Outlook, Opera Mail and Windows Mail Keyboard Shortcuts. This article covers Outlook Express Keyboard Shortcuts. So let’s get started.

Main window, view message window, and send message window

F1 (Open Help topics)
CTRL+A (Select all messages)

Main window and view message window

CTRL+P (Print the selected message)
CTRL+M (Send and receive e-mail)
DEL or CTRL+D (Delete an e-mail message)
CTRL+N (Open or post a new message)
CTRL+SHIFT+B (Open the Address Book)
CTRL+R (Reply to the message author)
CTRL+F (Forward a message)
CTRL+SHIFT+R or CTRL+G (news only, Reply to all)
CTRL+I (Go to your Inbox)
CTRL+> or CTRL+SHIFT+> (Go to the next message in the list)
CTRL+< or CTRL+SHIFT+< (Go to the previous message in the list)
ALT+ENTER (View properties of a selected message)
F5 (Refresh news messages and headers)
CTRL+U (Go to the next unread e-mail message)
CTRL+SHIFT+U (Go to the next unread news conversation)
CTRL+Y (Go to a folder)

Main window

CTRL+O or ENTER (Open a selected message)
CTRL+ENTER or CTRL+Q (Mark a message as read)
TAB (Move between the Folders list, if on, message list, preview pane, and Contacts list, if on)
CTRL+SHIFT+A (Mark all news messages as read)
CTRL+W (Go to a newsgroup)
LEFT ARROW or PLUS SIGN (+) (Expand a news conversation, show all responses)
RIGHT ARROW or MINUS SIGN (-) (Collapse a news conversation, hide messages)
CTRL+J (Go to the next unread newsgroup or folder)
CTRL+SHIFT+M (Download news for offline reading)

Message window – viewing or sending

ESC (Close a message)
F3 (Find text)
CTRL+SHIFT+F (Find a message)
CTRL+TAB (Switch among the Edit, Source, and Preview tabs)

Message window – sending only

CTRL+K or ALT+K (Check names)
F7 (Check spelling)
CTRL+SHIFT+S (Insert a signature)
CTRL+ENTER or ALT+S (Send/post a message)

I hope that this article helped you with Outlook Express Keyboard Shortcuts. Feel free to share your thoughts about this article using the comments section below or catch us on Twitter.


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