Keep the Folder List view in the Navigation Pane

In Folder List (Folder List: Displays the folders available in your mailbox. To view subfolders, click the plus sign (+) next to the folder. If the Folder List is not visible, on the Go menu, click Folder List.) view, all your folders, including your Inbox folders, will remain visible in the Navigation Pane (Navigation Pane: The column on the left side of the Outlook window that includes panes such as Shortcuts or Mail and the shortcuts or folders within each pane. Click a folder to show the items in the folder.) when you switch to other 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.), such as Calendar or Contacts.

To see the Folder List view, click Folder List Button image at the bottom of the Navigation Pane.

Keep the Folder List as your main view

If you switch to the Folder List view and then close Outlook, you will see the Folder List when you open Outlook again. However, if you navigate away from the Folder List view by using one of the Navigation Pane buttons (rather than clicking a folder in the Folder List), the Navigation Pane view will revert to the default view of the buttons with smaller panes related only to that view.

For example, if you click the Calendar button, the Calendar view will be displayed in your main Outlook window, not the Folder List view. Using the Calendar button resets the Navigation Pane to a view that applies only to the Calendar.

 Note   You cannot see shared folders, such as shared calendars, in the Folder List view.

 Important   To keep the Folder List view while you move around in Outlook, click the appropriate folder, icon, or name in the Folder List. Your Inbox folders will only be visible in the Folder List or the Mail views.Do not navigate to other Outlook views by using the buttons at the bottom of the Navigation Pane. Doing so changes your view back to the default view.

ShowHide the large buttons and increase the space in the Navigation Pane

To avoid clicking the large buttons at the bottom of the Navigation Pane and to gain more space, you can change from large buttons that are displayed vertically at the bottom of the pane to small buttons that are displayed horizontally across the bottom of the pane. Point to the horizontal splitter bar between the folders and the buttons. When the pointer turns into a double-headed arrow Icon image, drag the splitter bar up or down.

If you drag the horizontal splitter bar to the bottom of the Navigation Pane, all the large buttons will be converted to small buttons and will appear in a single row at the bottom of the pane.

Hide the Folder List and go back to the Mail pane view

  • At the bottom of the Navigation Pane, click the Mail button Button image or Mail Button image.
Applies to:
Outlook 2007