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Why Is Outlook So Different In Windows 10?

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 by | Filed Under: E-Mail Help, MS Office Help, MS Outlook, Uncategorized, Windows 10

There’s an awful lot of confusion when it comes to Outlook.  For example, this question from a reader: “I have Outlook 2016 that came with free windows 10 installation. There is no Menu Header like on Outlook 2007 showing File, Edit, View, Go, Tools, Actions, Outlook  Connector, Help links. Shouldn’t there be one? Most of those links are not in the settings info of Outlook 2016.

The email folders column showing brief descriptions of various emails in the new, old, deleted, junk folders is so wide there isn’t sufficient room on the right side to completely view what the email says or shows. Is there a way to narrow that column? Minimizing the window doesn’t help. If that is the way it’s supposed to be how does one look up Blocked emails for example?

Personally, I think Outlook 2016 window is a crappy layout. Outlook 2007 so much easier to work with.”

From your description, I wonder if you’re actually using Outlook at all. Outlook doesn’t come free with Windows 10. You need to either purchase it or subscribe to Office 365. I think you’re actually using the Mail app, which does come free with Windows 10. It’s a lightweight email client, similar to those you’d find on a mobile device.  In fact, you can’t even add folders. It detects the folders you have set up through the web interface of your mail provider.  Here’s what the inbox looks like.

This is the inbox for Outlook 2016.

As you can see, there are lots of tools and options available.

The good news is that if you had Outlook 2007 installed on your Windows 7 or 8.1 PC before upgrading to Windows 10, it’s still there and you can use it. The bad news is that Microsoft will only support it through October of 2017.

If you’d like a more full-featured email client, you can purchase the newer version of Outlook separately or as part of Office. You could also consider trying out Mozilla’s free Thunderbird email client.

~ Cynthia

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3 Responses to “Why Is Outlook So Different In Windows 10?”

  1. Dirgster says:

    To find out whether you really have Outlook, open Outlook, then click “File” at top left of the menu, navigate down to “Office Account”, click it, and “Outlook” should show as one of your programs.

  2. XRumerTest says:

    Hello. And Bye.

  3. John Hess says:

    I hate outlook and Hotmail is just as bad. confuseing and irritating. you got to click twice in order to read your mail. then two boxes in order to get to all your mail. the best bluper they have is that every thing goes to spam folder and you have to click on it and click on not spam in order to retrieve your mail

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