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Identifying new features of Outlook 2013
Outlook 2013 builds on previous versions to provide powerful information-management
and communication tools. If you’re upgrading to Outlook 2013 from a previous version,
you’re probably most interested in the differences between the old and new versions and
how they will affect you, and want to find out about them in the quickest possible way. In
this section, we discuss features that are new in Outlook 2013 or have been removed from
this version of Outlook.
Significant changes have been made from previous versions of Outlook. If you’re
upgrading from Outlook 2007 or Outlook 2003, you might find that some of the changes take a
bit of getting used to—particularly the global incorporation of user interface elements such
as the ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar, and the movement of program-management
functionality to the Backstage view. These elements have been carefully designed to
provide intuitive access to tools and commands; however, you do have many options for
personalizing your Outlook 2013 working environment to suit your preferences.
If you are upgrading from Outlook 2010, you will encounter the following new features in
▪ Simplified user interface Outlook 2013 has a sleek new look with subtle coloring
and simplified iconography.
▪ Folder Pane The Folder Pane (formerly called the Navigation Pane) is now dedicated
to the display of account folder structures, and no longer contains the module
▪ Navigation Bar Outlook module links have moved from the former Navigation Pane
to a separate Navigation Bar in the lower-left corner of the program window. The
standard Navigation Bar contains text links and the compact Navigation Bar, which is on by
default, contains only module buttons.
▪ Message list functionality It’s now easier to manage messages directly from the
message list. The default view displays the message subject, sender, and first line of
content of each message. Many message status and content indicators and response
options are available from the message list and from the Reading Pane. You can
easily display only new messages by clicking the Unread button at the top of the