Open Multiple E-mails Simultaneously


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Q. Is there a way to open a couple of Outlook e-mails at one time so I can browse quickly from one message to the other?

A. While you’re in the Inbox screen hold down the Ctrl key at the same time you click on each e-mail item. Then, once the group is selected, press Ctrl+O (that’s the letter O, not a zero) and the items will open minimized, ready to read. Icons representing the minimized e-mails will appear in the toolbar at the bottom of your screen. If you use Office XP, the minimized e-mails will be stacked in one toolbar icon (see the screenshot below).

If you use Outlook 2000 and earlier versions, the icons will appear, one next to the other, in the toolbar.


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