What is the Navigation Pane?

The Navigation Pane appears on the left side of the Outlook window and is how you switch between the different areas of Outlook, such as Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, and Notes. In addition, when you are working within a view, the Navigation Pane displays the folders within that view.

The Navigation Pane contains your folder list.

When you click a folder in the Navigation Pane, that folder becomes the active folder and you can work with the items within it. For example, in Mail, click the Inbox folder to see new email messages.

Switch between Mail, Calendar, Contacts, and Tasks using the Navigation Pane

The bottom of the Navigation Pane contains the buttons that enable you to switch between Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, Notes, Folder List, and Shortcuts.

Depending on your Navigation Pane options, you may see icons or buttons at the bottom of the Navigation Pane.

Your Navigation Bar might show icons or words. Your Navigation Bar might show words or icons.

Customize the Navigation Pane

You can customize how the buttons at the bottom of the Navigation pane appear. For more information, see Change the buttons on the Navigation Bar.

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