Weekly Computer Tip # 389
1 March 2013

Change the view of all your Outlook folders
(Outlook 2010)

Out of the box, Outlook 2010 displays the Navigation Pane, Reading Pane, To-Do Bar and People Pane, giving you quick and easy access to your required information. If you think this look is too cluttered, you can quickly free up space using the Reading button (the one resembling a book) in the Status Bar, next to the Zoom slider, which will instantly minimize the Ribbon, the Navigation Pane and the To-Do Bar to give you a cleaner - and perhaps easier - interface. But what if you want to customize your view and change it for all your mail folders?

Here's how:

  1. On the View tab, hide or minimize the various Layouts and/or People Pane.
  2. Click the Change View button on the View tab (the very first button on that tab).
  3. Click the Apply Current View to Other Mail Folders button.
  4. Select specific folders or tick the Apply view to subfolders check box to apply the view to all subfolders.
  5. Click OK.

With special thanks to Verity Sharratt of Woodbridge School for the inspiration of this week's tip!