Quick Tip - Outlook Sweep!

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Quick Tip - Outlook Sweep!

October 4, 2019

 

I have to say, for many years I really had little good to say about Outlook. Once again, Microsoft is emerging from being a little on the bloated side, to being an innovator. Nifty, even.

 

As I personally operate on a Mac, I don't use the Outlook client application, and instead live in their web-based version at www.office.com.

 

Sidebar: Dark mode > Retina burning white mode

 

The new "Sweep" button

Now, I have abandoned the concept of inbox zero, but that doesn't mean I don't want to declutter to try to improve focus. The sweep button is a super fast way to scrape your inbox for messages of certain type and either delete or archive them. The default setting will check for message from a certain sender, and delete. It's easy to adjust the setting on the fly.

 

A great example is doing a round of clean-up of application notifications. I'm involved in projects with Slack, Basecamp, Asana, Google Docs, and more. All of these apps send notifications from addresses like noreply@slack.com. When the time comes that you dive into a project and catch up, you can then circle back and run a sweep in one shot to archive or delete notification email. Lovely!

 

Give it a try!

 

 

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