How to customize the to-do pane in outlook

Sometimes you might want to increase the amount space in the Microsoft Outlook window for viewing messages, calendars, or tasks. At other times, you might need easy access to all your mail folders, or you might want to switch quickly between different views such as Calendar and Contacts. The Outlook Navigation Pane provides flexibility with several different views and options that help you to work as efficiently as possible.

Completely hide the Navigation Pane to increase the space in your Outlook window.

Minimize the Navigation Pane, so that with a single click you can open and close the pane to access your folders and different views.

Leave the Navigation Pane minimized and still access the Folder List and other panes within it.

What do you want to do?

Turn on or off the Navigation Pane

For Outlook 2010, On the View menu, in the Layout group, click Navigation Pane.

For Outlook 2007,On the View menu, point to Navigation Pane, and then click Normal or Minimized.

Click Normal, Minimized, or Off.

Minimize or expand the Navigation Pane

You can free more space in the Outlook window by minimizing the Navigation Pane. The slim profile of the minimized Navigation Pane makes a larger viewing area available in your Outlook window, while still providing quick access to the folders and files that you use most often. And you can still view your Folder List in a Folder List pane that opens from the minimized Navigation Pane.

There are several ways to minimize and expand the Navigation Pane. Choose the one that best fits your working style.

To minimize the expanded Navigation Pane, click the arrow in the upper corner. To expand the minimized Navigation Pane, click the arrow at the top.

This arrow is also available in the Navigation Pane header in other views, such as Contacts and Calendar.

On the View tab, in the Layout group, click Navigation Pane, and then click Normal or Minimized.

Point to the edge of the expanded Navigation Pane. When the pointer becomes a , double-click to minimize. Repeat the same action over the edge of the minimized Navigation Pane to expand it.

Point to the edge of the expanded Navigation Pane. When the pointer becomes a , drag it toward the edge until the Navigation Pane is collapsed into the minimized version. Drag the edge of the minimized Navigation Pane to expand again.

When the minimized Navigation Pane is expanded, it appears the same width as before it was minimized.

If you exit Outlook with the Navigation Pane minimized, it will be minimized when you restart Outlook.

Open the Folder List pane in the minimized Navigation Pane

With the Navigation Pane minimized, you have a larger viewing and working area available in your Outlook window, while maintaining easy access to your entire Mail Folder List with a single click. Opening only the Folder List allows you to keep the Navigation Pane minimized while you work, rather than expanding the Navigation Pane each time you need to access a folder. You can also perform an Instant Search from the Folder List.

On the minimized Navigation Pane, click the Navigation Pane folder button.

Note: Clicking a folder button in the minimized Navigation Pane opens that folder’s content in the Outlook message list.

What I am trying to replicate how appointments are shown in Outlook 2010 in the To-Do pane as pictures below. To show Appointments in the To-Do pane.

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The To-Do bar is used to display your upcoming calendar events, your task list, or your favorite contacts.

I have provided an article below to give you information on how to turn off/on the To-Do bar or customize it:

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Hello Romel Ram,

Thank you for all your efforts to solve my issue with the Calendar on Outlook2016.

Perhaps we misunderstood each other by my description of what I would like to achieve.

My request is “how to show the appointments schedule in the To-Do Bar same as can be done in Outlook 2010 as shown in my screen shot?”

In Outlook 2010 I can select Calendar and Appointments from the drop down and that allows for the Appointments to show below the Calendar.

In Outlook 2016 the option for Appointments has been excluded. Having looked at your link

Use and customize the To-Do bar I notice the note at the bottom of the page which reads “Note: You cannot customize the calendar section of the To-Do Bar.” I suppose that the ability to show Appointments in the To-Do bar is no longer possible?

Or am I not following the instructions correctly to as you point out above ” The To-Do bar is used to display your upcoming calendar events.”?

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We tried replicating your issue here on our end. We created sample appointments within the next 7 days. Specifically, we created test appointments that will be on Nov. 26 and Nov. 28. Then, we turned on the option for To-Do Bar and selected Calendar. Here’s the screenshot of the result:

As you can see, the schedules or appointments for the next 7 days from Nov. 24 appeared under the Date Navigator on the To-Do bar. So, if you have appointments for the next 7 days from a specific date, it should be showing under the Date Navigator.

In your case, since your appointments for the next 7 days are not showing on the To-Do bar, we suggest that you install the latest updates for Windows because up dates often fix problems that occur with software. Also, try installing updates for your Office, restarting your computer, and then launching Outlook. The instructions are slightly different depending on version of the Office that you are using.

If you continue to experience the same issue after updating Office, we suggest that you start Outlook in Safe Mode because there is a possibility that third party add-ins might be causing this. Safe mode lets you safely use Outlook without encountering certain startup programs.

You can open Outlook in safe mode by pressing and holding Ctrl while you start the program or by using the ” /safe ” (that is, Outlook.exe /safe ) option when you start the program from the command line. When you run Outlook in safe mode, it bypasses functionality and settings such as alternative startup location, changed toolbars, and Outlook add-ins. (However, COM add-ins are excluded.)

Note : To stop Office Safe Mode , exit and restart your Office application.

If the issue doesn’t occur in the Safe Mode as follows, enable your add-ins one at a time until you hit that one that is causing the conflict. Leave that one disabled or uninstall it. For more information about enabling and removing add-ins in Office, you can check this link and go to the sections: Enable an add-in and Permanently disable or remove an add-in .

Here’s are the steps on how to disable add-ins one at a time :

Click on the File tab and then click Options .

When the Options menu appears, click on Add-Ins.

Click Go next to the Manage list at the bottom of the menu.

Uncheck one of the add-ins, and then click OK .

Restart the application, but do not use Safe mode.

We look forward to your response and if you have additional questions, kindly reply on this thread. This way, we’ll get notified and respond back to you as soon as we can.

I’ve configured multiple email accounts in Outlook and several of them have a Calendar of their own. I’ve also created a few additional Calendars of my own to separate between the type of appointments I have (work, private, sport club, my kid’s school schedule, etc…).

Within the Calendar Navigation, I can easily get an overview of all my appointments by using the Calendar Overlay feature.

However, the To-Do Bar only lists the appointments of the Calendar from one of my accounts.

Is there any way that I can add additional Calendars to the To-Do Bar or switch between them somehow?

Unfortunately, the To-Do Bar doesn’t offer this level of flexibility. It will only show you upcoming appointments which reside in the default Calendar.

However, for some additional Calendars, you can still get regular Reminders.

A better approach might be to consolidate your appointments into a single Calendar as much as possible. With Categories, you can still easily distinguish between the “type” of appointment.

Default Calendar

A quick way to determine which Calendar that is, is by double-clicking on a date in the Date Navigator of the To-Do Bar.

This doesn’t have to be the Calendar of your default account as it is controlled by which Data File is set as the default in your Account Settings. For more info about this see: Change the default Calendar folder.

Consolidate your Calendars

Rather than splitting your appointments over multiple Calendar folders, it would be better to use a single Calendar folder and then Categorize your appointments instead.

To quickly assign a Category to all your appointments within a single Calendar and then move them to your Default Calendar is to select the List view.

You can create Filtered Views to achieve the same visual result as having separate Calendars with only one type of appointment item in them. Step by step instructions are given in the section below.

For accounts with their own Calendar, you might still receive Meeting Requests which are then added to the Calendar of that account. To get them into your default Calendar, you can create a rule to forward all the Meeting Requests to your other account. The rule condition you need for this is: Which is a meeting invitation or update.

Internet Calendars, Public Folder Calendars and delegate Calendars are of course a bit harder to consolidate into your own Calendar but you can still use one of the workarounds described in the “Reminder for additional Calendars” section below.

If you have an iCloud Calendar, you can sync it with your default Calendar via the Code Two Sync for iCloud add-in.

Filtered Views based on one or more Categories

By using Filtered Views, you can still easily switch between your “appointments types” if you don’t want to always see them. Instead of switching between folders, you’d then simply switch between views.

  1. To define a view use:
    • View-> Change View-> Manage Views…
  2. Choose the Day/Week/Month layout and name the View.
  3. Press the Filter… button.
  4. Select the More Choices tab.
  5. Click on the Categories… button to select which Categories you want to see.
  6. Repeat the above for each selection of Categories.
  7. You can switch between your Filtered Views via:
    • View-> Change View

Of course, you can also filter based on other properties besides the Category of an appointment or meeting.

Reminders for additional Calendars

Even if you can’t consolidate all your Calendars, you’d still get Reminders for additional Calendars within all your mailboxes.

Unfortunately, Delegate Calendars and Public Folder Calendars are again the exception to this.

You can also enable reminders for Calendar items stored in archives and additional pst-files.

Normally there are only three kinds of voting buttons in emails: Approve; Reject, Yes;NO, and Yes;No;Maybe. Most of time, more flexible voting buttons are required to apply in our email messages. Here I will introduce the way to customize voting buttons in emails in Microsoft Outlook easily.

To add custom voting buttons in your email messages in Microsoft Outlook, please do as following:

1. Create a new email message with clicking Home > New Email.

2. In the new Message window, go to the Options tab, and click the Use Voting Buttons > Custom.

3. In the popping up Properties dialog box (or Message Options dialog box in Outlook 2007), remove original voting options from the Use voting buttons box, and then enter your custom voting options. See screen shot below:
(1) You can add as many voting options as possible, and keep in mind to separate each voting option with the semicolon.
(2) Keep the check box before the Use Voting buttons checked all the time.

4. Click the Close button to exit the Properties dialog box.

5. Compose your email message, and then click the Send button.

When recipients receive your email message with the custom voting buttons, they can click the text of Click here to vote. in the message header and then specify a voting option from the drop down list. See screen shot below:

If you receive recipients’ voting responses, you can view the voting responses at the message headers at a glance.

Note: The customized voting button is only applied to the current message. When you create a new message, the voting button you have customized is disappeared, so you need to customize a new voting button for the message if you want.

As you know, the voting buttons are single-choice and shown in message header with above method. However, sometime you may just want to add the voting buttons in message body. Here, this method will introduce Kutools for Outlook’s AutoText feature to insert checkboxes in message body as voting buttons.

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1. In the Mail view, click Home > New Email to create a new email.

2. In the opening Message window, click Kutools > Pane to activate the AutoText pane, open the CheckBox category, and then double click the Checkbox 1 to insert it into message body. See screenshot:

3. Repeat above Step 2 to add more checkboxes, and then rename the checkboxes to your voting options as below screenshot shown.

4. Compose your email message, and then click the Send button.

Note: When recipients receive this email with multiple-choice voting buttons in Outlook, they need to (1) click Home > Reply, (2) check multiple voting buttons as they need, and then (3) send the replying email.

By the way, if the recipients read this email with other mail tool, such as read the email with web browsers or smart phones, the checkboxes are not clickable.

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How to Use the View Tab in Outlook

How to customize the to-do pane in outlook

Whether you’re working with your Mail, Calendar, Contacts, or Tasks, you’ll always have several views to choose from.

Change Views

  1. Click the View tab on the ribbon.

The commands available on the View tab will change depending on what you’re working with, but you can always change views.

  • Expand the Current View group if necessary.
  • Click Change View.

    Like the buttons on the ribbon, these options will vary.

  • Select a view.
    • Compact: Displays brief details about the message in the message list and displays the Reading Pane.
    • Single: Displays each message as one line in the message list and displays the Reading Pane.
    • Preview: Displays each message as one line in the message list and hides the Reading Pane.

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    Folder Pane

    The Folder Pane usually appears on the left, displaying a list of folders. You can customize how it appears.

    1. Expand the Layout group, if necessary.
    2. Click the Folder Pane button on the View tab.
    3. Select a Folder Pane option.
      • Normal: Displays the Folder Pane on the left.
      • Minimized: Hides the Folder Pane.
      • Off: Turns the Folder Pane off.
      • Favorites: Toggles whether Favorites are shown or not.
      • Options: Controls how many Folder Pane categories display and specifies the order they appear in.

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    Reading Pane

    You can also adjust where the Reading Pane appears.

    1. Click the Reading Pane button on the Layout group.
    2. Select a Reading Pane option.
      • Right: Displays the Reading Pane on the right.
      • Bottom: Displays the Reading Pane on the bottom.
      • Off: Turns off the Reading Pane.

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    To-Do Bar

    There is also a To-Do Bar that you can choose to turn on and customize what displays.

      Click the To-Do Bar button on the Layout group.

    You can choose to display one or a combination of your Calendar, People, and Tasks list.

  • Select a To-Do Bar option.
    • Calendar: Displays your calendar in the To-Do Bar.
    • People: Displays your contacts in the To-Do Bar.
    • Tasks: Displays your tasks in the To-Do Bar.
    • Off: Hides the To-Do Bar.

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    People Pane

    You can also turn on the People Pane, which displays information about the contacts you’re dealing with.

      Click the People Pane button on the View tab.

    The People Pane is available in two sizes.

  • Select a People Pane option.
    • Normal: Displays the default view for the People Pane.
    • Minimized: Minimizes the People Pane from view.
    • Off: Hides the People Pane from view.

    I am setting up a new computer and Outlook 2016. For the to do bar, I only want to see the calendar, but would like to see as many items as there is space. Right now, the to do bar shows the month and 2-3 calendar items. How can I adjust it to see as many items as there is space for?

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    A quick question before we proceed.

    -Are you not able to see calendar items for next 7 days?

    To do bar only displays the appointments on the next 7 days, you cant customize the view of To do bar.

    I look forward to your reply to assist you further.

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    I just subscribed to Office 365. This was one of my favorite features in Outlook 2010, the to-do bar showing at least two months in advance with days that had something scheduled in bold. I could make appointment decisions with a quick glance. Now I have to cycle through the calendar to see if I can schedule an appointment, making the to-do bar totally useless.

    I am greatly disappointed, as are thousands of other users, evident by the thousands of complaints in the Microsoft forums. Why no response to this simple, basic request to restore this feature?

    Keeping track of your inbox can be a big drag especially if you have a thousand other things to get done. Soon, you’ll be surprised to see that going over your emails, contacts, and calendars have siphoned out most of your time, time that could have been spent on more pressing matters. When this happens, you’ll wish that there’s a better way to manage your emails and therefore be so much more productive. Actually, there is, with Microsoft Outlook. Here is how to customize your Outlook inbox in a few easy steps.

    Work Smart with a Customized Outlook Inbox

    While you can, of course, include add-ins to beef up Outlook’s functionality, one of the simplest things you can do to your inbox is to customize it. You can adapt it to the way you work so you can zip through your messages and get more things done. By customizing your Outlook inbox, you can more easily locate the contact information that you need, go to the message that you want to read, and basically, make your inbox less of a tiresome affair.

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    View Your Inbox the Way You Want

    You may probably have your inbox in its default view settings for as long as you’ve been using Outlook. So, you may not know this, but you can actually customize the way you view your inbox.

    To do this, you can go to the View tab on Outlook’s ribbon toolbar, and click on Change View.

    How to customize the to-do pane in outlook

    Here, you can see Outlook’s many customization options. There are several preset views to choose from, and, for example, you can choose the option that shows you your recent emails only.

    In this same View tab, you can also choose to have the Message Previews turned on or off. You can also have the option to view 1, 2 or 3 lines of the message under the header. You can apply these options to your current or to all your mailboxes.

    Meanwhile, the Arrangement options allow you to sort your inbox columns. You can view your emails according to date, sender, subject, and so on. You can add more columns as you want with this option.

    You can also customize your Folder Pane and Reading Pane with the Layout option.

    Once you have customized your Outlook inbox according to your preference, you can now click on Change View -> Save Current View as a New View. You can then set the name of this new view and specify which folders to apply this.

    How to customize the to-do pane in outlook

    Redefine Your Read Emails

    With Outlook, you can distinguish read emails from unread ones by differences in colors. It can be easy to mark an email as read, which can be a problem if you’ve barely glanced at it. This also makes it all too easy to overlook emails.

    You can prevent this by selecting File -> Options -> Mail. Then, from here, click on the Reading Pane button.

    How to customize the to-do pane in outlook

    Under this option, you have many settings. Check the one that reads, “Mark items as read when viewed in the Reading Pane“. By default, Outlook automatically marks your messages as read after 5 seconds.

    How to customize the to-do pane in outlook

    However, you can customize this. You can adjust the number of seconds you want the message to appear in the Reading Pane before your Outlook inbox automatically marks it as read. Once you have set this up, the messages that you preview in the Reading Pane for longer than 30 seconds are the only ones that will be automatically marked as read.

    How to customize the to-do pane in outlook

    Create Rules for How Your Messages Appear

    With Outlook 2013 and later versions, you can set the way your unread messages appear. There’s a blue bar on the left side of the inbox and the message header is also blue. However, you can change these elements using the Conditional Formatting options. You can even set your own rules and format your emails with whatever color you like.

    How to customize the to-do pane in outlook

    To do this, go to View -> View Settings -> Conditional Formatting. Here, you can change the color and font of your Unread messages.

    How to customize the to-do pane in outlook

    You can even add more rules by clicking on Add. You can type the name of your new rule in the Name box and then click the font and font color of your choice to apply to the email header.

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    You can then click the Condition button to set the conditions that you want your new settings to be applied. Then click OK to save your settings.

    How to customize the to-do pane in outlook

    Now that you have customized your Outlook inbox to how you work, you can have a much better relationship with your Inbox.

    Add-in Express™
    for Microsoft® Office and Delphi® VCL

    Outlook is a featured application for Add-in Express

    Given that Outlook is the most popular business application for the majority of Office developers, Add-in Express offers several advanced features for Outlook customization, namely:

    • Advanced Outlook View and Form Regions that you can use to embed your VCL forms into Outlook windows , Outlook bar , To-Do bar , Reading pane and Navigation pane .
    • Special Outlook Explorer and Inspector toolbars components that allows you to customize the main Outlook 2007 – 2000 windows and all forms such as Outlook mail forms, contact and task forms in Outlook 2000 – 2003.
    • Ribbon components to extend the Outlook 2010 – 2019 Explorer windows and Outlook 2007 – 2019 Inspector windows with your own ribbon tabs, groups, buttons and other controls.
    • Outlook-specific context-sensitivity properties binds toolbars and ribbons to certain Outlook windows, folders or context.
    • Option and property pages embed Delphi forms into the main Options and Folder Properties dialogs.
    • Navigation pane shortcuts that you can use to create your own set of shortcuts for the Outlook Navigation Pane.
    • Outlook Solution Module allows you to add a custom navigation module to the Navigation Pane.
    • Integrated Outlook-specific events make Outlook development more comfortable than using stand-alone Outlook components.

    Advanced Outlook View and Form Regions

    A particularly in-demand feature provided by Add-in Express is Advanced Outlook View and Form Regions specially designed for advanced customization of the Outlook GUI. Using these regions you can embed any Delphi forms practically into all Outlook windows:

    The main Outlook window in the picture above has three additional panes, My Links, Alerts and Sales Report, that are typical VCL forms embedded by Add-in Express using Advanced Outlook Regions. With Add-in Express you can build your custom Delphi forms into nearly all Outlook windows and panes as well as:

    • Replace the content of the main Outlook window (Outlook Explorer) with your own form. This is an analog of Outlook folders’ home page but there is no need to use HTML and JavaScript.
    • Embed one or several custom forms over the Outlook Reading pane and view pane.
    • Add a custom Delphi form to the To-Do bar, Outlook Navigation pane and Outlook bar.
    • Embed a custom form around the content of any Inspector windows such as mail windows, task forms, appointments, journal items, contact forms, etc.

    Explorer and Inspector toolbars and ribbons

    The Outlook GUI is based on two window types: the Explorer window shows the content of folders, the Inspector window displays a specified item. Add-in Express allows customizing toolbars and ribbons for both window types using special toolbar and ribbon components. These components consider all specificities of behavior, navigation and synchronization between Outlook windows. By using the Add-in Express components you free yourself from the necessity to track context and do constant reconnects when switching between Outlook windows. Every time you refer to your toolbars, you can be sure they exist in the currently active context whether it is the active Explorer window or one of several opened Inspectors.

    As for the Ribbon UI on the Outlook Inspector windows, Add-in Express supports customizing ribbons for all contexts and ribbons such as OUTLOOKMAILREAD, OUTLOOKMAILCOMPOSE, OUTLOOKAPPOINTMENT, OUTLOOKTASK, TabSetTextBoxTools, TabSetEquationTools, TabSetDiagramTools, etc. Please note, you don’t code ribbons and context, you specify them via the corresponding properties of Add-in Express components.

    Outlook context-sensitivity

    Another popular feature of Add-in Express is the ability to bind your custom toolbars and menus or the specified controls to certain Outlook folders. Outlook-specific components publish special properties that bind the component (a toolbar or a toolbar control) to the Outlook folders specified by their names or by their content. The picture below shows that a toolbar will be shown for all mail and task folders. In the same manner you can arrange different sets of controls on one toolbar or different sets of toolbars for different Outlook folders . No coding is required, simply use the appropriate properties of toolbar and control components.

    Other Outlook-specific features

    Add-in Express for Office and Delphi VCL provides a number of other features especially for Outlook developers.

    Outlook option and property pages

    You can use Add-in Express to add custom tabs to the main Outlook Options dialog as well as to the Properties dialog of some particular folders. No coding is required either. Also, you can use an Add-in Express template to create a custom form for the option page and choose the form in the corresponding property of the add-in module.

    Outlook Solution Module

    Outlook 2010 – 2019 allows developers to create a navigation module containing a set of folders of different types: Inbox, Drafts Contacts, Calendar, Journal, Notes, and Tasks. Add-in Express allows creating such a navigation module at design time.

    At run time, Add-in Express adds the corresponding navigation module to the Navigation Pane. When you unregister the add-in, Add-in Express removes the navigation module and leaves the folders intact.

    Navigation Pane shortcuts

    Add-in Express has a special component for customizing the Navigation Pane with your custom groups of shortcuts. The component provides a visual designer for shortcut groups and shortcuts and makes all work with shortcuts easy and no-coding.

    Outlook-specific events and event helpers

    A lot of Outlook-specific events are available through a special event helper component without manual creating of event sinks, helpers or components. All Outlook events that are directly accessible from the Outlook events component are listed below.

    Outlook Application events

    • AdvancedSearchComplete
    • AdvancedSearchStopped
    • AttachmentContextMenuDisplay
    • FolderContextMenuDisplay
    • ItemContextMenuDisplay
    • ShortcutContextMenuDisplay
    • StoreContextMenuDisplay
    • ViewContextMenuDisplay
    • ContextMenuClose
    • ItemLoad
    • ItemSend
    • NewMail
    • NewMailEx
    • BeforeReminderShow
    • Reminder
    • ReminderAdd
    • ReminderChange
    • ReminderFire
    • ReminderRemove
    • Startup
    • Quit
    • And more�

    Outlook Explorer events

    Outlook Inspector events

  • AttachmentSelectionChange
  • Activate
  • BeforeMaximize
  • BeforeMinimize
  • Close
  • Deactivate
  • NewInspector
  • And more�

    See a step-by-step example showing how you can use Add-in Express for Office and Delphi to create a slick Outlook add-in UI with custom ribbons, toolbars, menus.

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