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E-mail’s little helpers

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Drowning in information overflow? Try managing your Outlook with these handy little helpers:

Bring order to chaos with ClearContext. It sorts your e-mail, color-coding according to subject matter and the frequency with which you correspond with a particular sender. For example, messages from the boss may appear in red, while spam is gray. It also nudges you to follow up on important messages. www.clearcontext.com; free for personal version; $89.95 for pro version.

Create a slew of templated messages for quick replies to frequently asked questions with Email Templates. A pull-down menu lists your prepared replies. Choose one, and the software personalizes the message for the recipient. www.emailtemplates.com; free for “lite” version; $79 for pro version.

Avoid accidentally hitting “reply to all” with Reply-to-All Monitor. Oops, did I just send that snarky remark to everyone? Worry no more. With this add-on, when you hit “Reply to All,” an alert box pops up to ask if you’re sure you want to send it to the whole group. It also warns you before you reply to a message you were “bcc’d” on. www.sperrysoftware.com; $14.95.

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