Use Full Screen view to manage your inbox

With new full-screen support, Outlook 2016 for Mac helps you manage multiple email messages more easily. The current message—the one you're reading or composing—gets full focus, while others await your attention in the tray at the bottom of your screen. And your inbox remains visible at all times so you can switch back and forth as often as you need to.

full screen view with active message, inbox, and tabs in the tray across the bottom

Switch to Full Screen view

Switching to Full Screen view is easy as pushing a button. The button Full Screen button in Outlook is at the top left of your Outlook screen:

Ribbon showing full screen button

Click the button again to leave Full Screen view. Any open messages will be tiled.

Tip: You can also enter and leave full-screen view by clicking Ctrl + command button for Apple computers + F

Work with two messages at a time

When you want to copy information from message to another or use one for reference when writing a second, you can open the two messages side-by-side.

messages side-by-side in Outlook Full Screen view

  1. In Full Screen view, open the first message.

  2. Open the second message from the tray at the bottom of your screen.

You can only maximize two messages at one time. The minimum width requirement for side-by-side viewing is 1,440 pixels so some smaller screens will display only one maximized message.

Scroll through messages in the tray

If you open several messages while in Full Screen view, one will be maximized for editing or viewing, while the others are minimized in the tray. You can scroll through the tray by clicking the arrows or click a tab to maximize a different message. The maximized message can't be resized.

full screen view with arrows and tabs highlighted at the bottom of the screen

Return to your inbox

To return to your inbox in Full Screen view, just click anywhere outside the maximized message. The message will drop to the tray and your inbox will be maximized.

See Also

Boost your productivity with the new Full Screen view feature in Outlook for Mac

Customize views in Outlook 2016 for Mac

Change the font in Outlook 2016 for Mac

Resize a picture in an email message

Connect with an expert
Contact us
Expand your skills
Explore training

Was this information helpful?

Thank you for your feedback!

Thank you for your feedback! It sounds like it might be helpful to connect you to one of our Office support agents.