Navigation Pane changes in Outlook 2010

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In Outlook 2010 the navigation pane is more configurable but takes up more room.

Michele T writes:

In Outlook 2007 the folders lists were single spaced vertically and I could see all or most of the projects that I was working on at the same time.

With Outlook 2010, they are all double spaced with a colored background. It’s very hard for me to see all the projects. How can I get this back to single spaced vertically? I just want it to look like it did with Outlook 2007.

Michele is right, the Calendar view in Outlook 2010 takes up more vertical room than it did in Outlook 2007. Here’s an Outlook 2007 view:

1646 Outlook 2007   Calendar in Navigation Pane - Navigation Pane changes in Outlook 2010


And here’s Outlook 2010:

1646 Outlook 2010   Calendar in Navigation Pane - Navigation Pane changes in Outlook 2010

Not much difference but enough to be a nuisance to people like Michelle who have hundreds of different calendars.

In Outlook 2010 you can change the font and size of the text on display. Go to View | Navigation Pane | Options … | Calendar | Font. However that doesn’t shrink the vertical spacing, even if you reduce the font size to something unreadable under 8 point.

So it’s the old Office story yet again. Microsoft giveth new features (font control in Navigation Pane) but Microsoft also taketh away (screen space in the same Navigation Pane).

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