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Declutter Outlook For A Cleaner Look

Thursday, June 19th, 2014 by | Filed Under: MS Office Help, MS Outlook

I use Microsoft Outlook 2013. This e-mail client has a whole lot of features. So many, in fact, that sometimes you get a little dizzy looking at it.  All of these options take up a lot of space and can look cluttered.

I talked about hiding that sometimes overwhelming ribbon in Word 2013 in this article. Here are the simple steps to do it in Outlook. Open your inbox and click that small arrow at the far right of the ribbon to hide it.

Now things are a lot less visually cluttered in your inbox.

To bring the ribbon and all of its options back, just click on the tabs for those functions.

You may want to add some icons onto your Quick Access Tool Bar for ease of access.

Choose the File tab and then select Options.

Click or tap Quick Access Toolbar

Select the icons you want and then just pick Add.

One change I made to suit my preferences was to check, Show Quick Access Toolbar below ribbon. This reminds be of older, less feature-filled versions of Outlook.

Here’s what my Outlook inbox looked like before:

And the same inbox after:

Here’s a closer look:

I think it will be a little easier for me to quickly find the tasks I need to complete.

~ Cynthia

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