Friday, June 29, 2007

Crtl + F in MS-Outlook

Ctrl+ F is a standard keyboard shortcut to search in MS- Office, browsers and most of the standard applications.

But have you ever tried to search in a read mail window in MS Outlook?

Just try it out….

You will see the forward mail window open instead of the ‘Find’ pop-up/ search box in your read mail window, while the read mail window remains open in the background.

Now instead you need to press F4 to search in your mail, and not Ctrl+F…!! :)

Apart from that…

  • Press Ctrl -F on the mailbox (root for inbox etc..), you will get a find box.
  • But when you press Ctrl-F on the inbox (root for folders), you wont see any response.
  • When you press Ctrl-F when you are browsing through your mails in a folder, it opens up a forward mail window for the mail, which is selected.

So here I can see three different functions of Ctrl- F within the same application MS- Outlook...!! :)



10 comments:

Umesh said...

Very nice point. I hate inconsistancy.

Upma_Sharma said...

Thanks Umesh. I am happy that you atleast agreed to one of my point.. :)

suvitha said...

yeah, that's really annoying but there is something that is even worse than that... i wrote a long email to one of my clients then wanted to save it and edit it after some while with the feedback of my colleague... so i pressed "Crtl + S" thats what i use to save in office usually.... guess what happend...
that stupid mail was send out... THIS IS WHAT I CALL INCONSISTANCY...
i hate it!

smartass said...

Please note that, in Office Applications and web pages Ctrl + F combination provides the ‘Find’ functionality which is substantially different from the ‘Search’ functionality. I completely agree with function of Ctrl + F in Outlook not being consistent.

Suvitha- are you sure you did not press Alt + S? Because in Ooutlook, ctrl + s combination saves the mail without sending.

Anonymous said...

Ctrl-F behavior is one of many things in Outlook that are terribly annoying. I have to wonder how an e-mail product can have such a strange lack of usability testing. I hate outlook. Hate it hate it hate. And it's only e-mail!!! How can they get it so wrong????

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