Don’t bother doing that by yourself. If you are new, join the ingame channels
Z-S Overview and activate their overview settings. You will get a full suit of viable overview settings that cater to your needs.
Setting up overviews is really, really, really tedious. Once you have grown a bit more accustomed to EVE, you can take a look at these overview settings in detail in an external XML viewer program. You can do some fun things there to achieve some additional formatting styles. Ingame you can then also tinker with the Overview Settings window to create even more specialized overview settings from these presets.
Getting “out into combat” or “out of combat”? Out of combat: warp core stabs and pray. Generally, just write your T1 explorer off and drop your loot regularly if you are in low sec or null sec. Also check killboards via zkill of pilots in your system or pilots coming into your system. Check Dscan and keep mashing the Dscan button religiously if you are not alone in a low/null sec system.
Getting into combat? Fit your T1 exploration ship for combat. Herons with dual MASB, AB, Scram/Web are amazing for a T1 frigate. Probes can be nasty as well. Check zkillboard for some fittings.