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Free up screen space for reading Outlook mail

Need more screen space for reading Outlook mail? Hide the Navigation pane using this handy shortcut.
Outlook's default mail configuration displays three windows: the Navigation pane, the current folder, and the Reading pane. If you spend most of your time in the Inbox or in a few personal folders, reading and responding to mail, you seldom use the Navigation pane. By hiding that pane, you can free up a third of your screen to make more room for messages. To hide the Navigation pane, press [Alt]+[F1]. To get it back, just press the same keys -- it's a toggle shortcut.

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Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.

2 comments
michael.cutler
michael.cutler

Don't forget just clicking on the Double arrow on the header fo the navigation Pane. Click - hides the Pane, click again - the pane is back.

etafner
etafner

Also, you can right-click any folder, choose "Open in a new Window" (or something simmilar) as customize that window, removing the Folder list and the Pending Task bars using Alt+F1 twice and Alt+F2 twice. You can keep a window for your tasks, another window with your Inbox and so on.