How to Change the Appearance of Outlook Navigation Pane

The view and options order of Outlook Navigation Pane can be adjusted flexibly as per your needs. In this article, I will tell you how to hide, minimize it and change its option sorting.

“Mail” page can be divided into three parts, namely navigation pane, reading pane and to-do bar. In navigation pane, you can quickly access to calendar, contacts, tasks and other items. Moreover, flexibly adjusting it can also help you to improve your work efficiencies.

Hide or Display Navigation Pane

In general, Outlook navigation pane is turned on. To hide it, you can turn it off by following the steps below.

  1. For a start, switch to “View” tab.
  2. Then in “Layout” ribbon, you should click “Navigation Pane” button.Turn off Navigation Pane
  3. Finally select “Off” from its dropdown list. When you need to recover it, you can simply unselect “Off” options.

Minimize or Expand Navigation Pane

When you need to increase the space of the window, you can minimize it. Here are the four quick ways.

  1. At first, you should head to “View” tab and click “Navigation button”. You can select “Minimized” option to minimize it. Selecting “Normal” will expand it.
  2. Under “Home” tab, you can directly click the arrow next to “Favorites” label in the upper right corner of navigation pane. First click will minimize it. And second click can expand it.Click the Arrow in the Upper Right Corner of Navigation Pane
  3. You should move your mouse, placing cursor at the edge of navigation pane. You can see that the pointer becomes a double-side arrow Double-side Arrow. You can just double click the edge to minimize it.
  4. Besides, you can place cursor at the edge of navigation pane and drag the double-side arrow Double-side Arrow towards the left until the it gets minimized. You can also drag it towards the right to expand it.

Change the Order of Navigation Pane Options

Navigation pane contains “Mail”, “Calendar”, “Contacts” and “Tasks”, etc. You can change their orders via the operations below.

  1. At the outset, go to “View” tab, and click “navigation pane” button.
  2. From the drop down list, select “Options” item.Navigation Pane Options
  3. Then a new dialog box will show up. You can change the order by clicking the button “Move Up” and “Move Down”.

Utilize Third Party Software If No Backups

Many users have kept a regular backup in case of Outlook corruptions. But if you have no backups, you could utilize third party software like DataNumen Outlook Repair to recover Outlook data as well. This tool can minimize data corruption and loss in a breeze. Besides, it also earns a lot of kudos due to its time-saving feature.

Author Introduction:

Shirley Zhang is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including sql recovery and outlook repair software products. For more information visit

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