Change the appearance of the Folder Pane

When you want to increase the amount of space in the Outlook window for viewing messages, calendars, or tasks, you can turn off the folder pane.

Note: August 10, 2016: You might notice that the folder pane in Outlook has disappeared. The Outlook team is aware of this issue and actively investigating to release a fix. In the meantime, please go to View > Folder Pane > Normal, to turn the folder pane on. We will keep you posted on updates.

  • Click View > Folder Pane, and then click Off.

To turn it back on, repeat the steps, but click Normal.

You can also free up space in the Outlook window by minimizing the Folder Pane. The slim profile of the minimized Folder Pane gives you more reading area for reading your Outlook items, while still providing quick access to the folders you use most often.

At the top of the Folder Pane, click Minimize the Folder Pane button . To change the Folder Pane back to expanded view, click Expand the Folder Pane button .

When the Folder Pane is minimized, click a folder name to view that folder’s contents, or click All Folders to see a pop-out window where you can pick any of your folders.

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