Change Outlook's default window

Want to skip Outlook Today? Configure Outlook to display whatever window or view you want when it launches.

When you launch Outlook, it displays your Outlook Today view. This view displays calendar entries and tasks for the current day. If you're like me, you don't pay much attention to this particular view. I immediately open my Inbox or Calendar -- it's just the way I work.

If you rely on the Outlook Today view, keep it. However, if you prefer, you can customize your first look at Outlook by changing a simple setting. Bypass the Outlook Today view as follows:

  1. From the Tools menu, choose Options.
  2. Click the Other tab.
  3. Click the Advanced Options button in the General section.
  4. In the General Settings, click the Browse button, to the right of the Startup In This Folder option.
  5. In the Select Folder dialog box, select the folder you want Outlook to default to when launched. You can choose any of Outlook's folders.
  6. Click OK three times.

If you change you mind, you can reclaim your Outlook Today view by choosing Personal Folders in step 5.