How to Customize the Outlook 2013 Navigation Pane

The Navigation Pane in Outlook 2013 has a much different look than previous versions of Outlook. But you can compact it and customize it to work better for you.

The navigation pane in Outlook 2013 allows you to quickly access different items such as Mail, Calendar. Tasks and more. The look of Outlook 2013 is more suited to Windows 8’s metro-style and looks much different than previous versions of Outlook. If you’re not a fan of the new navigation pane here’s how to customize it to your liking.

Customize Outlook 2013 Navigation Pane

Launch Outlook and click on the three dots at the end.

Navigation Pane Outlook 1

Expand the options and click Navigation Options.

Navigation Pane Outlook 2

Now you can customize the number of items that are displayed in the Navigation pane or change the order of them. You can also set it to display text to icons by selecting Compact Navigation.

Navigation Pane Outlook 3

Here is how the compact mode is displayed.

Navigation Pane Outlook 4

I like the compact navigation bar as it removes large text from it and makes for a simpler interface with less clutter.




  1. dolly

    April 3, 2013 at 5:00 am

    how can i increase the size of the font in outllok 2013 and make it bold

  2. vipul borade

    January 27, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    How can we add items in navigation pane, please help

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