Add or remove a column

Columns are part of Microsoft Outlook table (table: A view type that displays a list of items (rows) and their attributes (columns). Use this view to display details about items. Table is the default view type for Inbox and Tasks.) views; you may be most familiar with this view type (view type: The basic structure of a view. When you create a view, you must first select one of five view types (table, timeline, day/week/month, card, or icon) to determine how information will be arranged and formatted in your new view.) in your Inbox. You can add or remove columns to further customize your views (view: Views give you different ways to look at the same information in a folder by putting it in different arrangements and formats. There are standard views for each folder. You can also create custom views.). (Columns are also referred to as fields.)

  1. On the View menu, point to Arrange By, point to Current View, and then click Customize Current View.
  2. Click Fields.
  3. Do one of the following:

ShowAdd a column

  1. In the Available fields list, click the field that you want to add.

If the field that you want is not in the Available fields list, click a different field set in the Select available fields from box, and then click a field.

  1. Click Add.

ShowRemove a column

  1. In the Show these fields in this order list, click the field that you want to remove.
  2. Click Remove.


In single-line layout in your Inbox, you can quickly remove a column by dragging the column heading (column heading: The horizontal bar at the top of one column in a table. There are multiple column headings in the column heading row.) away from the row until an X appears through the column heading, and then releasing the mouse button.

Deleted column heading

Applies to:
Outlook 2003