Quick guide to Outlook 2013 Interface

In this article we would introduce you to key elements of Ms Outlook 2013 Interface

Quick guide to Outlook 2013 Interface


It is a common sight to see people especially those new to MS Outlook 2013 edition getting confused to see a number of options appearing in front of them, the moment they open the main screen. It’s true that MS Outlook is packed with features and is used in many organizations, so a beginner can’t help it but remain confused. So, here we are to enlighten you with a quick guide to the MS Outlook 2013 iteration.


Without wasting much time, we will now describe most of these options that you get to see on the screen one by one.


Ribbon: The main purpose of Ribbon is that it replaces the menus and toolbars that were present in the earlier versions. However, you can easily hide them by simply pressing CTRL + F1.

Quick Access Toolbar: Quick Access Toolbar basically comprises of the common commands like Undo, Send or Receive. You are free to add or remove commands as per your wish and need.

Inbox: Many users are already familiar with the Inbox that displays lists of all the emails and here too you are free to arrange the folders as per your preference.

Instant Search: This in fact is one of the most powerful tools displayed on the screen. As the name suggests, it helps you search any item based on a set of words from any folder or location. Real time results are displayed in front of you on the screen with this smart tool.

File Tab: File Tab is the most commonly used tab for almost all the features listed in Outlook. You will need to access it to enjoy the working of almost all features. Moreover, it helps you to access open, save and print commands.

To Do Bar: You can easily keep a track of your Tasks, Calendar and other things in Outlook using the To Do Bar Feature. If you wish you can display it in a minimized form too on the main screen.

Title Bar: This bar displays the program’s name that you are currently using.

Reading Pane: This is the place where all the contents of the chosen messages are displayed for any easy reference.

People Pane: This space exhibits the information related to a person that is related to a selected item.

Zoom Slider: This slider helps is zooming in and out of any particular Outlook item.

Status Bar: This bar is meant to display information and also reminders about different Outlook items. You just need to do a right click and the status bar will describe the information shown.

Folder Pane: This pane basically comprises of buttons and icons to move along the different folders and tools of Outlook.

Close Button: This button is a shortcut to come out of any Outlook program at once.

Help Button: This is a shortcut button enabling you to open the Outlook Help Window at any moment of time when you need help while working in Outlook.

Even the best software applications are not perfect and same is true for Outlook 2013

The Outlook 2013 is a spectacular piece of software overflowing with an array of features. Yet it is susceptible to PST errors which can potentially lead to situations when your email data can come at risk. Hence you must have an Outlook recovery tool like the powerful DataNumen Outlook Repair installed in your machine to help you extract your emails in case your email client crashes. Further it also serves as an exceptional tool to fetch out a missing PST file in quick time.

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