How To Enable Reading And Folder Pane In Outlook

Both the reading pane and the folder pane are very useful features in Outlook, but they operate in different ways. The folder pane displays all of the folders in your computer and Outlook account, whereas the reading pane, when enabled, displays a preview of the context of the emails you received.


If you want to enable either of the two features, continue reading this article!

Reading Pane

1. Launch the Outlook application then log into your account.

To begin, make sure you have an Outlook application installed on your computer, then open it and log into your account. Take note that you can log in with your Google credentials for this.

2. Click “View” on the menu bar.

If you’re already on the Outlook homepage, you’ll notice a menu bar in the upper part of your screen. You should select “View,” and the toolbar displayed will change.

3. Tap the drop-down arrow beside the “Reading pane.”

The option “Reading pane” will appear on the right side of the “View” settings; click the down arrow beside that option, and a drop-down list will appear on your screen.

4. Select your desired option from the list shown.

There will be three options in the list that appears: Right, Bottom, and Off. To enable the reading pane, choose between the first two options. You have the choice of displaying the reading pane on the right or bottom of your screen.

This is what your reading pane will look like after you enable it. In this instance, I chose to place the reading pane on the right side of my Outlook homepage.

Folder Pane

1. Open the application then sign in to your account.

To begin, launch the Outlook app on your device and ensure that your account is logged in.

2. Select the “View” tab from the menu bar.

On the menu bar of the Outlook homepage, select the option “View.” As seen in the image below, this changes the ribbon panel that was previously displayed.

3. Click the option “Folder pane.”

Click the “Folder pane” option on the right side of the “View” ribbon panel. When you click this, a drop-down list will appear on your screen.

4. Choose your preferred option from the list.

There are three options in the drop-down menu: Normal, Minimized, and Off. You must now consider how you want the folder pane to be displayed. If you’ve already made up your mind and chosen between the options normal and minimized, it’s time to click your preferred option. There is no need to save your changes because they will be applied to your Outlook account immediately after you click the selected option.

This is how it will look if you’ve selected the option “Minimized” for your folder pane.

Key Takeaways

Isn’t it cool to know that the appearance of your Outlook app is entirely up to you? As explained previously, you can customize what appears and does not show up on the homepage of your Outlook account based on your preferences. If you want to learn more about these types of things on different platforms other than Outlook, you can go to SwipeTips. It provides excellent and easy-to-follow instructions!