Email Guides and Essays
by Kaitlin Duck Sherwood,

  • Top Ten Tips for Overcoming Email Overload
  • Top Three Anti-Spam Filters

    About Overcome Email Overload with Eudora 5

    About Overcome Email Overload with Microsoft Outlook 2000 and Outlook 2002

    Frequently asked questions

    Press room

    About Kaitlin Duck Sherwood

    World Wide Webfoot Press home

  • Overcome Email Overload

    What if You Use Netscape?

    If you read your email with Netscape Communicator, you have two options.
    • You can wait until we publish a combined Netscape/AOL book, which we hope (but do not promise) to put out in around July 2002.
    • The tactics -- which buttons to push and which menus to pull down -- will be different, but much of the strategy will be the same.

    About Half the Chapters Are Non-Technical

    About half of the book (either one) talks about non-technical ways of coping with your email better. For example, you can store common responses and use them over and over again. For another example, if you put "No Reply Needed" at the bottom of messages, you won't get as many messages that just say "Thank you". Chapters 5-11 don't depend much on what email program you use. Chapter 1, Introduction doesn't either.

    Chapter 4 Is Program-Specific

    Chapter 4, Move Around Your Messages Quickly, is highly specific to what email program you use. It might not help you much, but it's not a critical chapter. While most chapters tell you how to be more effective by doing different things, this chapter tells you how to be more efficient by doing the same things better.

    Note that one really nice features of Eudora and Outlook is that you can add buttons to the toolbar, and there is a significant part of Chapter 4 that discusses that. To the best of my knowledge, you can't do the same type of customization in Netscape.

    Chapters 2 and 3 are Program-Specific

    You can use essentially all of the strategies in chapters 2 and 3, but the implementation will be different. In particular, Netscape 6 does not (yet) have labels, but you can hijack and use Priorities instead. (Yes, that means you can't tell what the sender thought, but when was the last time you say someone use a Priority appropriately?)

    Note: future versions of Netscape will probably have labels. Mozilla, which is an open-source program that Netscape usually draws from, got labels with version 0.97.

    There will also be different screen shots, different menu commands, and different buttons to press. However, it shouldn't be so different that you can't figure it out.

    Kaitlin Duck Sherwood
    Updated 30 December 2001.