Hey, what’s up everyone. I want to give a demonstration on how to send encrypted email.

For those that don’t know, regular email is actually not very secure at all. There have been several cases in the news lately where people’s emails have been hacked. So I’m going to give a demonstration using a tool called Mailvelope. It’s a free tool. It’s a great gift to the world.

Mailvelope leverages PGP another great gift to the world. PGP is an encryption method, it’s been around for a long time and it is very effective there’s no known way of breaking it directly so when used properly, you shouldn’t have much to worry about. So to get it going we’re going to make this so you can use it for your regular email like on Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook.com, iCloud.

So we go to Mailvelope.com and you have to install an add-on.You can choose Chrome or Firefox.

Just click on that “allow” hit install, basic stuff now over on the right here, it’s going to say this lock appears it says Mailvelope. Great.

Click on “options” and now let’s say I’m trying to communicate with my buddy.

You actually never need to talk on the phone or meet in person, you can start via regular email and turn it into encrypted emails.

But what you first need to do is create a public and private key. So to do that you go to “generate key”.

It will ask for your name. You can put whatever you want here but other people will be able to see it. So you don’t want to put something offensive or something you’re embarrassed about.

Same thing with email although it’s a little easier if you put your real email because it synchronizes with other address books nicely. So it’s probably best to do that.

There we go, I put in somebody’s name who definitely could have used Mailvelope earlier this year.

For your settings, 4096 is definitely what you want to use. You could use lower ones but that just increases the highly unlikely chance that someone can break through and read your message so 4096 is safe.

You need a password, I’d recommend at least 20 characters a couple random words and maybe some numbers should probably be safe enough but the longer the better.

Now you will have to enter this somewhat frequently, so you don’t want it to be something that’s impossible to remember.

You can upload your public key to the Mailvelope server, that’s up to you — it just makes it easier for people to email you. We’re going to hit “generate”, this can take anywhere from 10 seconds to about two minutes depending on mostly just luck.

It has completed. If I scroll up and look at my display keys, this is kind of like a Rolodex of keys that you can communicate with.

Right now I only have the account that I created. But if I can dig in I’ll see it’s actually a set of two keys. There’s a public and private key.

I’m going to grab both these by clicking on export you grab one or the other or both I’m going to grab both by hitting ctrl+A ctrl+C paste them into two text files.

The public key is one that you can give to anybody it is there’s no risk in handing it out you have to give it to someone for them to encrypt a message directly to you, but there’s no harm in sending this out, putting it on an email signature pasting it on your doorway.

You’ll notice it’s shorter than your private key over here the private key, intuitively, you want to keep private. It says “private” up here this one says “public”. The private key is basically a direct method to decrypt all of your messages they would have to get through the password you set up but you probably don’t want to take that chance so protecting your private key is really critical to maintaining good privacy.

So I wouldn’t even save this in plain text, in the cloud. I’d encrypted somewhere else or hide it somewhere with it where you just don’t want to risk losing it.

But now we have a public key you want to share this with some with your buddy or I want to share this with my buddy so that he can send me encrypted messages.

I’m going to jump back over to Firefox and this conversation left off here I’m just going to write back in regular text saying, “hey I have a public key here it is” and I can just paste that in there.

I don’t care if everybody under the sun reads this, I’m just going to send it because all that allows someone to do is send me an encrypted message. They can’t read any of my messages.

I’m going to jump over to that other account here we go I’m going to hit “show” the message comes through. Mailvelope automatically recognizes any sort of PGP information so it’s that it recognizes “Begin PGP text” public key.

So it’s got the option to add in this public key. I’m just going to click this plus right here and it says “success”. You’ll notice that if I go to the bottom here it uses the name and the address that I gave it before.

So when I said be careful about putting in some name that you’d be ashamed of, this is an example of where it would be exposed. I mean it’s part of the software so just put in something you expect other people to see.

So now my friend can write back to me an encrypted message. The way he does that or both of us would be to hit “reply” and again we’re in regular Hotmail here.

I’m in Chrome but the other wasn’t in Firefox works the same you click on this little “compose” button and then you can start typing away.

It recognizes my address because I’m in the keyring and I can start typing. All right I put in some sensitive information that I’m going to send back to myself and I’ve also included the public key for this account down so both accounts will have each other’s public key so they can send messages freely to each other.

So I’m going to hit “encrypt”, now by hitting encrypt it actually knows to paste this encrypted method into the message over here. So it takes this window and paste it into here.

If you get caught in between you might want to be careful that you don’t accidentally close the window because then you can lose you message, but I hit “encrypt” and it sends this long completely eligible message back to my PG code Rider account. So I’m going to hit “Send.”

Jumping back over to Firefox.

There it is and I’m going to open up that message now again Mmailvelope recognizes this as a PGP message so says gives me this kind of glow around the message which the message itself again is completely illegible that Google’s trying to translate it as Danish.

I don’t know how I’d feel about that if I was Danish, but I want to click on the envelope, and because I entered my password previously it saves it for 30 minutes but it will decipher this encrypted message it has all of the key information.

So if you wanted to send all of this sensitive information you could password Social Security numbers Mailveope allows you to do that. Now I also sent the public key as an encrypted method which it didn’t need to be encrypted but easy enough.

I’m going to copy this here and I’m going to go back to my Mailvelope here we go and I’m going to hit “import keys” not “generate key” like I did before.

So I’m just going to paste this one in there and I hit “import” and it says down below “success” public key blah blah blah and “Emperor Trump” that was a goofy name I made for this account as well.

If I go back to my display keys list, I now have two entries. I’ve got the original one I generated and I have the second one I just copied and pasted in.

You’ll notice the second one only has one key here while my original one has two. And as I’m sure you can guess, that’s because this one has a public and private key, while this Emperor Trump one only has a public key.

My friend and I do not share each other’s private keys with each other. Only our public keys.

So now we can send encrypted messages back and forth with each other. A couple other the random notes, if you lose your password or your private key, you’re out of luck.

Mailvelope doesn’t know your information so you have to protect that on your own.

If you have more than one person on an email thread, let’s say I had wanted to reply to a bunch of people, you can actually encrypt it with everyone’s key so that everyone can read the message in fact when you compose a message.

Mailvelope will encrypt with your public key as well allowing you to read your own message. So if you’re looking at your sent mail and you want to read it, you can see what you sent to somebody else which is nice in previous versions you couldn’t do that.

Disadvantages are obviously you can’t search like you would a normal Hotmail message but that’s a small price to pay to have a secure messaging.

So again big thanks to Mailveope for making a great product and I hope you find this useful and just think you know a lot of a lot of campaigns a lot of important people could have really saved themselves some aggravation just using the simple tool.

You can do so many things with Outlook, and we’re not going to talk about those today. We’re going to show you how to simplify Outlook. Sometimes I just want to read my email, respond to it, glance at my calendar and get going. You can do so much with Outlook, but we’re just going to simplify it today, and we’re going to show you some ways to simplify the kind of layout of Outlook, and also your Inbox, to thin things out, to get to the important things without looking at all the gunk.

#1 Move + Change panes

Doug Thomas: So what you’re looking at here is going to be a typical Outlook. This is Outlook 2013. Now Outlook’s going to look different, depending upon how your admin sets it up, if you’re in business, or buttons you’ve pressed. We’re going to show some of that ways to do it, but I just want to kind of go over this look that we have here.

I see six kinds of areas I want to talk about.

  1. The top is the ribbon.
  2. And then I have four panels, or panes, in the middle here.
  3. I have a folder pane; then I have my current Inbox, which is usually your Inbox.
  4. I have my reading pane here, and this is a long message from Zrinka. Let’s just kind of see how long it is. She talks about several things.
  5.  Also, to the right now, I have the To-Do Bar, which is the Calendar.

At the bottom, there’s a small strip. This is called the Navigation Pane. And it’s kind of a key for some of the things we’re going to do to clean up.

Navigation Pane

Navigation Pane

  1. If you mouse over one of those words, You get a peek of the Calendar.
  2. Or a peek of People. You can put your put your favorite people here.
  3. And then you can instantly, you know, use Link, if you’re on Link, or you can message them, video chat with them.
  4. The people you do popular, and you can always search for folks here. And all your tasks are here also.

So that’s the peek system. And it’s fully functional. I mean, I can go on the Calendar here and open up a meeting if I wanted to. I can click on another day, and see what that calendar is like, if I want to see if I’m busy that day or not. You can do that with peeks in Outlook 2013.

Because of that, it really just- this Calendar just kind of really replicates what’s on the right-hand side. This To-Do Bar.

So I’m going to go over here to the far right-hand side, and I’m going to collapse that. I’m going to remove it. There’s a little X here in the upper right-hand corner that I can use that. And now I have a little more Reading Pane. In fact, I get down to that second subhead now.

You can do a lot of this stuff also in the View tab, depending upon what version of Outlook you have. Most of these commands will be on the View tab.

Let’s see what else I can clean up? This Navigation Pane, it can actually be smaller, too. I click on the “…”; “…” is kind of a shortcut for menus.

So I can get more options, and I can actually compact that navigation. So instead of words now, that’s gonna turn into little icons. And you know, everything is still right there. All my peeks still work and everything like that.

Now, for this email, I’m a fictitious person named KatieJ. Katie does not have a lot of folders. Some people, they have a ton of folders here. But if you don’t you can actually remove the Folder Pane here.

So I’m going to click on this arrow, and that kind of removes that whole left-hand side. And now I have a really big Reading Pane, which is nice.

In fact, but if I want to get back to those folders, I just click those words, “All Folders,” and they all appear right there. And I can go on and do other things, and that little pop-out will stay there until I go back over and click “All Folders” again.

Also, if you notice, the Navigation Pane is gone vertical instead of horizontal to save you even more room. On Zrinka’s message, I can read all the way through the second paragraph area.

But I can do even more. So that’s the first one. Collapsing panes and changing the panes that you can.

You can also do that with a manual drag. I’m just going to put my cursor here in between those two panels, and I can move it left or right, so I get even more room, if I want to, for the Reading Pane. So that’s one thing you can do is to work with your panes to get it set up the way you want to. Again I want to concentrate on reading and responding to email.

#2 Collapse the ribbon

Let’s look up at the ribbon. The ribbon’s been around since Office 2007. I’m a big ribbon fan. Dave, who works here, is a Shortcut fan. He uses Shortcuts more than the ribbon. But you can change and compact the ribbon if you want to. And this works for different versions of Office, but all programs. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, you can do the same thing.

You can go to this little triangle here on the right-hand side. And that just takes the ribbon now, and I just have tabs.

So look at all the reading space now. I’m now down the third bold subhead here in that email from Zrinka. She sends me a Hotmail email login. And if I need to ribbon, I can just simply click “View” and there it is! And then when I click back, it disappears.

There are other options you can do with the ribbon. In the very upper right- hand corner, you see this little box called “Ribbon Display Options.”

There’s three of them. There’s “Show Tabs and Commands.” That’s the full ribbon, we saw that. Now I’m on “Show Tabs.” But I can also “Auto-hide the Ribbon.” So I’ll click that, and now even the Tabs go away. So now I can read almost this entire message from Zrinka, cause I really simplified that Outlook screen.

If I need the ribbon, I can just go back to the top here. It turns blue on my machine. I can click that, and the ribbon then appears. And I click away, and it disappears. So that’s hiding the ribbon.


Today, we’re going to be adding buttons to our quick action ribbon in Outlook 2016. Maybe you have certain features in Outlook 2016 that you use all the time, but they’re buried in menus, mouse clicks, and buttons. Now, I’m going to show you how to enable your favorite features with the click of a button.

In our example, I will be adding a Choose Form button to our Home tab, enabling quick set-up of a form email. Let’s remedy that.

Open Outlook 2016, and this may work for Outlook 2016 as well.

Click on the file tab. On the blue sidebar, click Options.

Under the Outlook 2016 Options windows, click Customize Ribbon.

We want to put our new button right next to the New Email button. Under the customize ribbon Main Tabs window, highlight the Home (Mail) tab.

Click the New Group button beneath the window, and you’ll see the New Group (Custom) option appear.

To re-order where this option appears, left-click your mouse on the option, and drag it into position. I’ll put it right under the New options.

Let’s rename our option to something more descriptive. With the option highlighted, and remember to left-click your mouse on it to highlight, click the Rename button. Or You right click on New Group (custom), then click Rename.

Up comes a window of icons and a Display Name field to enter your new name. The icon won’t have room to show in this instance so, leave it at the default.

I’ll rename the option Form Emails. Click OK and you’ll see your option has been renamed. Now we need to add a command to our new button.

Under the Choose Commands from the drop-down menu, select All Commands from the drop-down menu.

We will be looking for the Choose Form command today. Scroll down until you find the Choose Form command. They are listed in alphabetical order for easy reference. Highlight the Choose Form command.

Ensure the custom button we created is highlighted. Now, click the Add button in the middle of the window. The Choose Form command appears under our New button.

Now, if you want to have a custom icon for your new command, open the Form Email item, click on the Choose Form option, and then click Rename. Highlight the icon you like, and click OK to close the window.

I chose the one that looks like a martini glass. Two olives, shaken, not stirred. Click OK again to close the Customize the Ribbon window and you’re back at your Outlook 2016 main window.

To see our customized button in action, click on it. Our Choose Form window opens We can select User Templates in File System highlight the form email we want to send, it can be Hotmail, Outlook, Gmail or Yahoo!mail, and select OK.

Up pops our template faster than an internet troll on a Yahoo news article, and that is it. You’ll save a couple seconds each time you use the button, which can add up over time. And with all of that extra time, you can spend it with your family or enjoy a delicious martini, as my custom button suggests.

Remember, always drink responsibly and only if you are of age.

If you are wondering why I didn’t make a button to go directly to User Templates in File System, it is not a listed command in our Customized Ribbon settings.

I encourage you to explore the Customize Ribbon settings to get Outlook 2016 set up exactly the way you like it.

Keep in mind that you can also customize the ribbon for other Microsoft Office products, such as Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. There is also the Quick Access toolbar which you can customize with the same commands. As always, thanks for reading, and I’ll see you next time.