In Outlook 2010 getting started is simple. Follow this lesson to start using Outlook, and learn how to get Outlook help as well.
The tabbed Ribbon system was introduced in Outlook 2010 to replace traditional menus. The Ribbon contains multiple tabs, each with several groups of commands. You will use these tabs to complete the most common tasks in Outlook, such as composing an email, scheduling a meeting, or adding a contact. The commands on the Ribbon will change depending on which view you have selected: Mail, Calendar, Contacts, or Tasks.
The Ribbon is designed to respond to your current task, but you can choose to minimize the Ribbon if you find that it takes up too much screen space.
When the Ribbon is minimized, you can make it reappear by clicking a tab. However, the Ribbon will disappear again when not in use.