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Lotus Notes Explained

Finding Your Way Around Lotus Notes

How to identify and find your Lotus Notes mailbox, address book, archive and id files for copying

If you want to make a copy of your Lotus Notes data to another PC to convert NSF to PST, backup or archive your data you need to be able to identify where all of that data is and which files it is stored in. You also need to understand a bit about the way Lotus Notes stores its configuration information as it can vary from version to version and from install to install. You should check for encryption and copy your id file.

Your data files are Lotus Notes databases

Lotus Notes data is stored in database files which are NSF files (files usually ending in an .nsf extension).  Lotus Notes configuration can be stored in many places and files (such a notes.ini and in the registry). Your mailbox, address book and archives are all Lotus Notes databases (NSF files). Click Here To Read More

Top 7 Lotus Notes Tips

Lotus Notes is an application suite that features a range of components, such as email, address books, calendars, schedules, programming and databases. It differs from more well-known packages such as Microsoft Office, which instead choose to split these varying applications into distinct products (Outlook, Access, Excel, for example). Instead, Lotus Notes presents each of these functions on the same user interface. In this article, we’ll offer you seven top tips for using Lotus Notes, from understanding the differences between Notes and Domino to converting NSF to PST.

1. Lotus Notes it the client, while Lotus Domino is the server. That is to say, Notes is what is installed on your computer, and Domino is where you connect in order to access your database. Additionally, the Domino server has its own security capabilities that helps control access in Notes documents. It’s handy to understand the relationship between Notes and Domino in order to get a greater understanding of how Lotus Notes works overall.

2. For a quick shortcut for creating email memos, simply click Ctrl + M. This will allow you to begin typing a new email no matter where you are in Lotus Notes at the time.

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Understanding Lotus Notes Data

Lotus Notes is an application suite consisting of various components, including email, calendaring, address books, scheduling, databases, programming and more. In contrast to software like Microsoft Office, which separates all of these applications into distinct products, Lotus Notes displays all of these functions on a unified user interface. However, Lotus Notes email works quite differently to the Office email client, Microsoft Outlook. In order to view Lotus Notes emails in Outlook, you would need to convert NSF to PST — NSF being the Notes Storage Format and PST (which stands for Personal Storage Table) being the file format for storing Microsoft Outlook emails.

The Lotus Notes databases

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