As great as the ribbon is in Outlook 2010, often some of the functions you want to use from it can be on different tabs and slow you down a bit. There's a very easy way to customize your messages for the functions you use the most. If you look at the top
of your email message you'll see a drop down arrow, click that and select More Commands. Here you can select which functions you want to see displayed across the Quick Access Toolbar on the title bar. You can add Insert Hyperlink, Add Photo from File, or any
of the other functions you use the most.
From that drop down arrow, you can set whether the Quick Access Toolbar shows on the title bar or below the Ribbon. You can also minimize the Ribbon so the body of it only shows up when clicking the tab titles at the top of the message.