Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Personalizing the Outlook program window
In Chapter 2, “Explore Outlook 2013,” we discussed the four primary areas of the Outlook
2013 program window in which you work with Outlook items: the Folder Pane, content
area, Reading Pane, and To-Do Bar. Throughout this topic you’ve worked with email
messages, appointments, contact records, and tasks in each of these areas and experienced
some of the ways in which you can modify the display of the window elements.
You might find that the default arrangement of these areas is ideal for the way you work.
But if you’re viewing the program window on a low-resolution screen, don’t need all the
available tools, or would like more space for the main work area, you can easily change
the appearance and layout of the workspace of each of the program window elements.
▪ Folder Pane You can tailor this pane to suit your preferences in the following ways:
▪ You can minimize or expand the Folder Pane by clicking the Minimize The Folder
Pane or Expand The Folder Pane button (the left-facing or right-facing chevron,
respectively) at the top of the pane.
▪ You can change the width of the Folder Pane by dragging the vertical frame
divider to the right or to the left.
▪ Module content area You can display and organize content in this area in many
ways. These options are discussed in the chapters that cover individual modules.
▪ Reading Pane You can display this pane on the right side or bottom of the content
area, or close it entirely. You can configure the Reading Pane presence for each
▪ To-Do Bar You can display information from the Calendar, People, or Tasks module
on the To-Do Bar, arrange the module content in any order, and change the
allocation of space to the module content by dragging the separators. You can increase the
width of the To-Do Bar by dragging its left edge (but you can’t minimize it). You can
turn off the To-Do Bar but must then redisplay the content from each module—you
can’t turn the populated To-Do Bar on and off as you could in previous versions of
Outlook. You can configure the To-Do Bar content and presence for each individual
▪ People Pane You can display this pane in its normal or minimized state in message
windows and in the Reading Pane, or you can turn it off completely. You configure
the People Pane presence for the entire program rather than for individual modules.