Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
An Easy Switch Between Normal and Minimized
At its top-right corner, the navigation pane displays an arrow that looks like << when the pane is
displayed normally and like >> when the pane is minimized. Click this arrow to switch between
these two display states.
Customizing the Navigation Pane
The navigation pane can be displayed normal size, minimized, or not at all by selecting Navigation
Pane from the View menu and then selecting Normal, Minimized, or Off. On this same menu you
can also choose to display or hide two parts of the navigation pane:
n Current View Pane: Displays view options you can select (rather than using the menus).
n Favorite Folders: Displays your favorite folders (as explained in Chapter 18). Available
in Mail view only.
Customizing Other Screen Elements
You can customize the display of other Outlook screen elements as described here:
n The reading pane can be displayed at the right or the bottom of the screen or turned off
altogether by selecting Reading Pane from the View menu.
n The To-Do Bar can be displayed at normal size, minimized, or not displayed at all by
selecting To-Do Bar from the View menu. This menu also lets you specify which elements
(Date Navigator, Appointments, Task List) are displayed on the To-Do Bar and to set
n The daily task list can be displayed at normal size, minimized, or not displayed at all by
selecting Daily Task List from the View menu. You can also use this command to specify
how the displayed tasks are arranged.
The applications in the Microsoft Office 2007 suite have almost all gotten away from the traditional
menus-and-toolbars user interface in favor of ribbons , which I consider to be sort of a sophisticated
hybrid between menus and toolbars. Outlook is lagging behind, and for reasons unknown still uses
the traditional menus and toolbars in its main screen. Other Outlook windows, such as the ones you
see when you open an email message or a task, use ribbons, so Outlook is sort of a mongrel — but it
all works perfectly well.