How to keep the Folder Pane expanded in Outlook

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Outlook’s Folder Pane displays all folders which lets you quickly move between folders and views. Minimise the Folder pane, you will no longer be able to see your folders. As a result, some users get puzzled as to how they can bring back the expanded Folder Pane view. There are a few ways that you can do this: 

Change the Folder Pane Setting 

Select the View Tab | Layout | Folder Pane 

Select the Normal Option 

 
The Folder Pane should now reappear on the left side of Outlook. 

Use the Pin Icon 

Select the ‘>’ button to expand the Folder Pane. 

Then click the pin icon to pin the Folder Pane. That way, it will stay expanded even when you click outside the pane.   

Alt + F1 shortcut with Outlook Folder Pane 

The keyboard shortcut Alt + F1 is very handy with the Folder Pane. 

Press Alt + F1 to cycle through the side-pane modes; Normal. Minimized or Off. 

This works in any Outlook view.  Viewing a Calendar and pressing Alt+F1 will show/hide the monthly calendar at left. 

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