Using Outlook 2010 with or without Word 2010 installed

Many Microsoft Word 2010 features and commands are fully integrated with Microsoft Outlook 2010 to make a comprehensive email message editor. The Word-based email editor built into Outlook 2010 does not require that Word 2010 be installed. However, additional features and commands are available when you install Word 2010 with Outlook 2010. In the following table, you can compare the features and commands that are available with or without Word 2010 installed.

Feature comparison: Outlook 2010 with and without Word 2010 installed

Feature

Without Word 2010 installed

With Word 2010 installed

Message thread shading in open messages and the Reading Pane

Yes

Yes

Panning through messages on Tablet PCs

Yes

Yes

Search results highlighting for Instant Search

Yes

Yes

New and improved fonts

Yes

Yes

Smart tag recognition

Yes

Yes

New Save as options

Yes

Yes

Quick Styles gallery

Yes

Yes

Themes

No*

Yes

Automatic formatting of bulleted and numbered lists

No*

Yes

Automatic formatting of tables

No*

Yes

Proofing tools such as the dictionary and thesaurus.

No*

Yes

SmartArt graphics drawing, charting, and diagramming tools

No*

Yes

Captions

No*

Yes

Equation Builder

No*

Yes

WordArt

No*

Yes

* These additional features and commands are only available when:

  • You installed a Microsoft Office suite that contains both Word and Outlook, such as Microsoft Office Home and Business 2010.

  • You installed Outlook 2010 standalone and you installed the standard MSI installation of Office Home and Student 2010.

For more information about these features and the reason why you may not be able to use them, read this Microsoft knowledge base article: 2509316 – Outlook features disabled when installed with Home and Student

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Applies To: Outlook 2010



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