Start Outlook in the Folder List or Shortcuts view

Applies to
Microsoft Office Outlook® 2003

This feature is designed for advanced users who are comfortable backing up and modifying the Microsoft Windows® Registry.

Each time that you start Outlook, you are viewing the Mail pane. Other folders in Outlook, such as Calendar and Tasks, are not shown until you click 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.) button for those items, or unless you switch to the 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.

In previous versions of Outlook, the Navigation Pane was preceded by the Outlook Bar, a collection of navigation buttons that acted similarly to the buttons in the Outlook 2003 Navigation Pane. In addition, you could quickly add shortcuts to any Outlook folder and files on your computer to the Outlook Bar. However, in Outlook 2003, you can use the Shortcuts button in the Navigation Pane.

You can change Outlook to open in the Shortcuts or Folder List view by default. This change requires you to edit the Windows Registry.

If you use the registry editor incorrectly, you might cause serious problems that might require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using registry editor incorrectly. Use registry editor at your own risk.

  1. Exit Outlook.
  2. Open the Windows registry editor.
  3. Browse to My Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Outlook\Options\WunderBar.

 Note   If WunderBar is not shown, right-click the Options folder, point to New, click Key, and then type WunderBar.

  1. Double-click BootModule.

 Note   If BootModule is not shown, right-click WunderBar, point to New, click DWORD Value, and then type BootModule.

  1. Type the number that matches the default view that you want Outlook to start in.
Number View
0 Mail
5 Folder List
6 Shortcuts
  1.  Note   To use Shortcuts as the default view, a shortcut to the Inbox must be on the Shortcuts list.

  2. Exit Windows registry editor, and then start Outlook.
Applies to:
Outlook 2003