Microsoft Outlook affords you the ability to perform a lot of complex email-related tasks. It has a lot of benefits over the Web-based email clients offered by many providers, but it’s possible that you can do even more with Outlook 2013 than you realize.
There is an additional ribbon tab that you can enable in Outlook 2013 called the Developer tab. This provides access to additional tools and features that can let you accomplish even more. Our tutorial below will show you how to find and enable the Developer tab.
How to Show the Developer Tab in Outlook 2013
The steps in this article are going to show you how to enable the Developer tab in Microsoft Outlook 2013. This gives you access to some of the more advanced tools in Outlook, such as the ability to use macros to perform certain actions. While the process for adding the Developer tab is very similar in other Office programs, you will need to repeat this step in each of those individual applications if you also wish to use the Developer tools there.
Step 1: Open Outlook 2013.
Step 2: Click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window.
Step 3: Select the Options button at the bottom of the column on the left side of the ribbon.
Step 4: Choose the Customize Ribbon tab at the left side of the Outlook Options window.
Step 5: Scroll to the bottom of the rightmost column, then check the box to the left of Developer. You can then click the OK button at the bottom of the window to apply the change. The Developer tab should now be visible above the ribbon.
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