By Richard Stokes

Yosemite SamLike Yosemite Sam, this week’s Tuesday Tip is short and to the point. I’ve said this before and still believe it to be true: email is arguably the number one application that is used in the business world and when it’s running slow or not working, there’s trouble a’brewin’!

By about mid-morning I find that as I’m sorting through and replying to emails I’ve inevitably got 8-10 open and active on my desktop. At some point I want to declutter my desktop of open emails. So this week’s tip is a quick time saver that I learned a few weeks ago from Jason, one of our engineers.

Instead of laboriously closing email one at a time, there’s a button in the Outlook toolbar that will close all open emails at once.

You’ll find it under the ‘View’ Tab in the Outlook toolbar and then all the way over to the right. ‘Close All Items’
Close All ItemsWhen you click this, Outlook will close all open emails and leave Outlook running – now why didn’t I think of that? This feature can be found in the same location whether you’re running Outlook 2010, 2013 or 2016.

See? Short, to the point and a nifty time saver if you’re like me and have been closing every open email when uncluttering your desktop.

Richard StokesRichard Stokes

With 18+ years working in the technology sector in a combination of outside sales and strategic consulting, Richard is committed to delivering the right solutions and services for clients and business partners. or 404.997.7652

Network 1 Consulting is an 18-year-oldIT Support company in Atlanta, GA. We become – or augment – the IT department for law firms and medical practices. Our IT experts can fix computers – but what our clients really value are the industry-specific best practices we bring to their firms. This is especially important with technology, along with regulations and cyber threats, changing so rapidly. We take a proactive approach to helping our clients use technology to gain and keep their competitive advantage.




  1. Francine Nault on August 4, 2017 at 6:43 am

    My problem is that when I open Outlook it also opens a tab for my browser so if I happen to make a search online and it leaves me with all kinds of tabs I cannot click the (x) on the right to close off browser because it also closes Outlook.

    How can I open Outlook all by itself?

    • network1 on August 8, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      Hi Francine,

      Thank you for the comment and interest in the posting. It sounds like you might be opening your email through a web browser version of Outlook as opposed to a locally installed Outlook client on your computer. The tip described is for when you are running Outlook from the desktop application rather than within a browser (Internet Explorer, Chrome or Firefox). If you don’t have Outlook installed on your computer you would need to purchase it and have it installed in order for this tip to work as described. I hope this helps.


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