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MS Outlook: Customizing the Navigation Pane

Thursday, August 11th, 2011 by | Filed Under: MS Office Help, MS Outlook

Many of us use Outlook’s Navigation Pane, and like it quite a bit.

However… do you really use all the buttons located at the bottom portion of the pane?

I know that I don’t, and yet they are visible, taking up space… but the Folder list that I use all the time is cut short so that I end up forced to scroll to reach everything.

So it seems to me that if the buttons at the bottom of the Navigation Pane that I don’t use were removed, I wouldn’t have to scroll through my folders list.

Sounds like a good idea to me, so let’s take a look at how to accomplish this customization of your Navigation Pane.

To get there it’s probably easiest to click the down arrow that is at the very bottom of the button list.


As you can see there are quite a few options for customizing your Navigation Pane from this location… let’s first note that you can choose to add or remove buttons from the pane quickly using the “Add or Remove Buttons” choice.

Another choice for customization would be to simply change the number of buttons shown.


This option won’t actually remove the buttons from sight. Instead it keeps them all but puts any overflow in that bottom section with the down arrow.

In addition to that little gem, you can also access the Navigation Pane Options dialog box.


Here you can choose which buttons to display, but you can also choose to rearrange them using the buttons on the right.

Combining these tools for customizing should allow you to maximize your ability to use what the Navigation Pane has to offer in a very efficient manner.

Time to give the Navigation Pane a setup that’s all your own design.

~ April

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