Change the width of a column in table view

This feature is available only if you are using the single-line layout 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 multi-line layout view type, Microsoft Outlook automatically resizes the column headings (column heading: The horizontal bar at the top of one column in a table. There are multiple column headings in the column heading row.) as you change the width of the message list.

ShowWhat are single-line and multi-line layouts?

Single-line layout is one of the 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.) view types. This view displays message information in your Inbox in a single line. You can also view Inbox messages in multi-line layout, which shows message information in two lines.

 Note   You can quickly switch between multi-line layout and single-line layout by making your Inbox wider, until the view in your Inbox changes from multi-line to single-line layout. Move it back again to return to multi-line layout.

  1. Right-click the column heading, and then click Format Columns on the shortcut menu (shortcut menu: A menu that shows a list of commands relevant to a particular item. To display a shortcut menu, right-click an item or press SHIFT+F10.).
  2. Under Width, do one of the following:
    • Select Specific width, and then enter a number in the characters box.
    • Select Best fit to have Outlook automatically resize the column to the best size.
Applies to:
Outlook 2003