Where Did the Navigation Bar Go in Outlook 2013?

There are a number of different tools, features, and panes that could potentially be displayed in Microsoft Outlook 2013. Since you have some control over what is displayed, however, it is also possible that some of these items have been hidden or moved. One such item is the Navigation Bar, which is displayed along the bottom of the Outlook window.

But the Navigation Bar can also be placed in Compact Mode and moved to the bottom of the Folder pane. When in Compact Mode, the words in the Navigation Bar (Mail, Calendar, People, Tasks, etc.) are replaced with icons instead. If your Navigation Bar is in Compact Mode, then you can follow the steps below to restore it to full view.


Turning off the Compact Navigation Option for the Navigation Bar in Outlook 2013

The steps in this article will assume that your Outlook 2013 Navigation Bar is currently set to display in Compact Mode. This means that the menu options which would typically be shown in the Navigation menu running along the bottom of the Outlook window are instead minimized and shown at the bottom of the Folder pane. If your Folder pane is not visible at the left side of the window, then the display setting may be set to “Off”. This article will show you how to unhide the Folder pane so that you can restore the Navigation menu.


Step 1: Open Outlook 2013.


Step 2: Click the icon with the three dots at the bottom of the Folder Pane.

click the icon with the three dots



Step 3: Click the Navigation Options item.

click navigation options



Step 4: Uncheck the box to the left of Compact Navigation, then click the OK button at the bottom of the window.

turn off compact navigation



Your Navigation menu should now be displayed at the bottom of the Outlook window, as in the image below.

navigation bar in outlook 2013



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