I am looking for a way to create a keyboard shortcut or an icon I can click on that will simply open a blank Outlook email.

I found several solutions for Windows but I need to do this for my Mac. I've been trying a few options but none can just open a new Outlook email with one click or one keystroke.

  • Can you be a bit more specific as to where you want this icon/shortcut? From Outlook? From the Finder? From everywhere?
    – sdmeyers
    Apr 17 '18 at 15:27

Use an email template

  1. Open Outlook
  2. Create a new message (⌘ CommandN)
  3. Immediately "Save as Template" to the Desktop (File -> Save As Template)
  4. Shortcut will be created on your Desktop with the name <no subject.emltpl> rename it if you like.

Just double-click that template file every time you want to open a new email.


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