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Manually Record Journal Entries in Outlook 2007

This article was written by MysticGeek, a tech blogger at the How-To Geek Blogs.

One of the more overlooked features in Outlook is the ability to use it as a journal.  You can customize how the journal records information on contacts and it also has the ability to put the actions in a timeline view. 

Here is an easy to follow guide to begin using the journal option by recording a manual entry for a meeting and recording the time.

First, go to File \ New \ Journal Entry

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Now in the journal entry window we can enter in pertinent information about the meeting such as time, date, notes, etc.

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Starting the timer comes in handy!  For instance if you’re on a conference call with a customer who pays by the hour.  When the meeting starts just hit “Start Timer” and you will see the stopwatch icon start ticking.  When the meeting is over you can “save and close” or Save As…

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Finally when we go into the Journal we will see a timeline of the entries for the week.

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  • Published 11/4/07

Comments (3)

  1. Thembi

    this was very helpful

  2. RT

    Is there to put notes on emails? Like i have a mail in my Inbox on which i have a comment to make, so can i by anyway put a stick note kinda stuff on that email and when i hover my mouse over the email i can read the note and recall why i am not taking action on this particular email?
    It is something like categorizing but more flexible.

  3. Dwayne

    Acter clicking “activies” in a contact, I cannot see the manual entry I just created. Why?

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