Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Working in the Outlook program window
The first time you start Outlook, the program window displays the contents of the Mail
module in Reading view, which hides or minimizes many of the tools you can use to
manage your messages and other Outlook items. (The other available program window layout is
Normal view.) When you subsequently start Outlook, the program window displays the view
and arrangement of the Mail module that was active when you closed the program.
TIP In Outlook, the named views control the way the program window is laid out rather
than the way actual content is displayed. After choosing a view, you can display and hide
program elements, and also control the way Outlook displays information in the content
area, by using commands on the View tab.
Any modifications you make to the display of elements in the Outlook program window are
visible in Normal view. You can switch between these standard views by clicking the buttons
on the View Shortcuts toolbar near the right end of the status bar.
TIP In addition to the two program window layout views, each module has standard
content area view options. For information about the available views, see the individual module
sections later in this chapter.
Program window elements
You can individually control the display, and in some cases the location, of program window
elements from the View tab. In addition to the title bar, ribbon, and status bar that are
common to all Microsoft Office programs, the Outlook program window includes four areas in
which you work with Outlook items.
Folder Pane This collapsible pane appears on the left side of the Outlook program
window in every module. Its contents change depending on the module you’re
viewing—it might display links to email folders, Microsoft SharePoint lists and libraries,
external content, or view options. By default, the Folder Pane is minimized to display
only favorite folders. The Folder Pane setting (Normal or Minimized) remains the
same as you switch among modules.
When the compact Navigation Bar is displayed, it is incorporated into the Folder
Pane and displayed vertically when the Folder Pane is minimized or horizontally
when the Folder Pane is open.
SEE ALSO For more information, see “Navigation Bar” later in this section.
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