The 10 biggest annoyances in Outlook

We show you how to get round them

Microsoft Outlook is a widely-used email program, but a fair proportion of its users would happily switch to a leaner, less feature-heavy application if only their organisation would allow it.

Microsoft has often been accused of overburdening its Office applications with more features and menus than anyone could possibly use and in Outlook this is very much the case. It has countless features, ranging from email gathering to calendaring, contact tracking, to-do list creation and more, but the result is a tendency towards bloat, sluggishness and unreliability.

The web is rife with people complaining about Outlook - we've been mighty annoyed with the program ourselves over the years. But rather than stewing about its failings, we decided to address some of those that most bedevil Outlook users. We've used the latest version of the program, Outlook 2007, here, but most of the advice we offer will also work for previous versions.

So whether you hate Outlook, love it or fall somewhere in between, read on to find fixes to some of the most common problems that drive Outlook users off the deep end. Ready for the roster? Here it is, in rough order from most to least annoying.

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