The Outlook 2013 edition has dished out a whole buffet of features aimed at improving productivity and user experience. At the same time it has done away with a set of features it felt were outdated or clumsy. Right of the block, the Journal feature has been totally scrapped while publishing calendars to Outlook.com too has come to an end. Now Outlook 2013 has shifted the Notes feature from its prominent place in the Navigation bar but has chosen to retain it. In this article we would try to understand the significance of this change.
Notes Appears Under Folder View
The Notes feature in Outlook 2013 is now rather obscurely located. To reach it you need to move to the folder view which essentially comes under the folder pane. Incidentally if you are upgrading from an erstwhile version of Outlook, you would find the data lying at this location.
Why Did Microsoft Tinker with the Notes Feature?
The Notes feature is a legacy of older Outlook versions where people used to keep tit bits of information in the email client. It seems that the overall feedback from Outlook users have been mixed with some expressing the opinion that it does not merit a separate pane as was available for it in older Outlook iterations. Yet Microsoft could not completely leave it, so it has been tucked under the Folder Pane.
Notes Can Still Be Used – Very Much in the Same Way as Before
Apart from moving its location, not much has been changed in the Notes feature. So if you have the habit of creating little Notes in Outlook you can continue to do so without any hassle. By default the Outlook 2013 edition seems to have notes in yellow color and sports the Calibri font. There may be a case where the Notes feature may not appear before you. If you encounter the issue you would need to either press Ctrl+5 to bring it up or consider going to the Navigation Option and move it up the display order.
An Outlook Crash May Compromise the Business Data Stored in Notes
If you have the habit of storing important business data in Outlook notes then you should be aware of the fact that an Outlook crash can risk all data stored in it and is not limited to emails only. So you should grab a pst recovery tool that can recover the data stored in Notes and DataNumen Outlook Repair is invariably the most potent tool for the job. This versatile application can bring back your notes along with Journals, tasks and other data elements besides emails. Further it can be used to discover where the corrupt PST files are present based on specified search criteria. One of key areas where this tool scores over its peers is its capacity to safely recover the data stored in form of embedded objects within Outlook emails. So if you have important excel data stored in the body of an email, you can still hope to get it back.
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