Microsoft Outlook 2013 makes great use of the space that it takes up on your screen. Almost every inch of the program window is filled with different tools and files that allow you to best manage your email, contacts, and calendars.
But depending upon how you personally use the program, or your own preferences when it comes to which elements of Outlook are displayed, you might wish to hide one of the larger sections of the window.
Some of these sections of the window are known as Panes – specifically the Folder Pane and the Preview Pane.
If you find that you rarely navigate through your messages via the Folder Pane at the left side of the window, then you can follow our guide below to learn how to hide it.
Hiding the Folder Pane from View in Outlook 2013
The steps in this article assume that you wish to hide the pane at the left side of the window that contains a list of all of your folders.
If you find that you prefer to have the Folder Pane visible after following these steps, simply return to the menu in the final step and return the Folder pane to the Normal view.
Step 1: Open Microsoft Outlook 2013.
Step 2: Click the View tab at the top of the window.
Step 3: Click the Folder Pane button in the Layout section of the Office ribbon at the top of the window.
Step 4: Select the Off option. if you would instead prefer to have a minimized version of the Folder Pane at the left side of the window, then select the Minimized option instead. This offers a more compact version of the Folder Pane that you may prefer.
If you are looking for some other space-saving settings in Outlook 2013, then consider change the number of preview lines in your messages. This allows you to display more messages in your folder views, which can help reduce the amount of time that you spend looking for a message.
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