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Productivity Software for Lawyers

The purpose of this guide is to highlight tools and techniques available in common productivity software that you may not have had reason to use before, but that can be especially useful to lawyers and legal professionals.

Introduction

You may think, especially if you haven't used it, that Outlook is mostly an email client. While it certainly does manage your email, Outlook is a lot more than that.  Technically, Outlook is a "personal information manager". It manages meetings, serves as a calendar, automates project management, and keeps notes. This section will go over some of the main functions you should be familiar with.

Email

Organizing the inbox

•  Flag an item for follow up - a very useful way to make sure you don't lose track of e-mails that you need to act on.
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Clean, Clutter Free Inbox
•  Manage email messages by using rules
•  Increase your efficiency with search folders (lawyerist.com)

Archiving email

•  Archiving items manually
•  Archiving items using rules

Automatic replies

•  How to set up automatic replies when you're out of the office

Tasks

Organize Matters Outlook Tasks

•  Organize matters using Outlook tasks (lawyerist.com)
•  Use project tasks in Business Contact Manager

Assigning Tasks to Others

•  Assigning Outlook tasks to others (lawyerist.com)

Managing Reminders

•  Managing Outlook reminders (lawyerist.com)
•  Add or remove a reminder for an email message or contact

Contacts

Adding people to your contacts list

•  Create or add a contact

Miscellaneous Tips

•  Three Microsoft Outlook Quick Tricks (lawyerist.com)

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