The Outlook/Live/Hotmail keyboard for Create new message is Ctrl+N... this always opens a new instance of my browser. This is not what I want and means I can't avoid the need to keep on reaching for the mouse.

How can I configure things so that I have a shortcut that lets me Create a new message in Outlook/Live/Hotmail?

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Here is the full list of the keyboard shortcuts for Outlook.com, and you could change the default shortcuts to the ones from Yahoo! or Gmail from the settings:

outlook.com keyboard shortcuts

  • Not really what I'm looking for. I know I can change the mode as per the screenshot. But I've learned the Outlook shortcuts... the Create new message is just a badly chosen shortcut choice, so presumably there must be some mechanism for "fixing" it to something like Ctrl+Shift+N Aug 14, 2012 at 22:48
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    @SimonMartin yes.. Microsoft did it wrong again :) On a Mac it works of course.. since Cmd+N is the shortcut for new window.. One solution is to use the Gmail shortcuts and then just use C to create new mail.. (for more support.google.com/mail/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=6594)
    – Lipis
    Aug 14, 2012 at 22:58
  • I don't use GMail, so that would mean learning a whole lot of new shortcuts. Grr, how could no one have noticed Ctrl+N just opens a new window before...? Aug 14, 2012 at 23:03
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    @SimonMartin I'm sure they'll fix that.. But send feedback to point that out..! It's pretty stupid to have it like that..
    – Lipis
    Aug 14, 2012 at 23:31

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