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How to restore/reset folder view settings in Outlook?

Let’s say you have added a Size column in the appointment lists, turned off the Reading Pane, arranged messages by a customized criteria, or other settings before, and you need to restore the initial folder views at present. How do you deal with it? This article will talk about a couple of tricks about restoring initial folder views in Microsoft Outlook.

Reset folder views with Rest View feature in Outlook 2010/2013/2016

Reset folder views in Outlook 2007

Restore initial folder views with cleaning all view settings

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arrow blue right bubbleReset folder views with Rest View feature in Outlook 2010/2013/2016

If you want to restore folders’ initial view, you can apply the Reset View feature in Microsoft Outlook 2010 or later versions.

1. In the Navigation pane, click to select a folder that you will reset its view, click View > Change View, and specify a view mode from the drop down list you will restore to initial view.

2. Click View > Reset View. See screenshot:

A warning dialog box will come out. Click the Yes button in the dialog box.

Then the selected folder is reset to its original view at once. If you want to apply this view to other folders, please go on the following steps.

3. Click View > Change View > Apply Current View to Other Mail Folders on the View tab. See screenshot:

4. Then in the Apply View dialog box, please (1) check the mailboxes and their subfolders in the Apply View to These Folders: box, (2) it’s optional to check the option of Apply View to subfolders, and (3) click the OK button.


arrow blue right bubbleReset folder views in Outlook 2007

The following steps will guide you to restore initial folder views in Microsoft Outlook 2007 at ease.

1. Click to open the folder you want to restore its initial view, and click View > Current View > Messages or other view as you need.

2. Click View > Current View > Customize Current View.

3. In the popping up Customize View dialog box, please click the Reset Current View button at the bottom. See screen shot:
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4. In the coming warning dialog box, please click the OK button.
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5. Click the OK button in the Customize View: Messages dialog box to exit it.


arrow blue right bubbleRestore initial views of all folders with cleaning all view settings

There is an alternative method that can restore the initial views of all folders at once.

1. Close the Microsoft Outlook, and open the Run dialog box with pressing the Win + R keys.

2. Enter the outlook.exe /cleanviews in the Open: box, and click the OK button.

Then Microsoft Outlook opens with restoring the default views of all folders immediately.


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    Kemi · 2 months ago
    Thank you so much! I used the last method and it instantly fixed everything!
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    Rezwanul Islam · 3 months ago
    Thank you. Exactly, I was looking for this.
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    guest · 3 months ago
    Enter the outlook.exe /cleanviews in the cmd line , and click the OK button - was amazing thing. Thanks a lot.
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    Diane · 8 months ago
    Everytime I try to forward mail and click on the To, BC or Bcc box it take me to my suggested email contacts but now the box to check next to the name is gone. If I restore my computer it comes back to normal but does not remain so.
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    Anthony · 1 years ago
    Thank you one million times over! I could not for the life of me figure out to fix the view issue and it was driving me NUTS!!!!
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    Kat · 1 years ago
    Does anyone know how I keep the current look/format, that I have on all my folders, on a newly created folder? When I create a new folder, it seems to default to the "compact" view and I'd like it to have the format I applied to all of my other folders automatically. Does that make sense?


    Thanks
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      kellytte · 11 months ago
      Hi Kat,
      Click to open the mail folder whose folder view you want to apply to others, click View > Change View > Apply Current View to Other Mail Folders.
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    Matthew Green · 1 years ago
    Thank you very much for the 'outlook.exe /cleanviews' tip. It worked on Outlook 2002.
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    Jen · 3 years ago
    I'm not certain of what I may have messed up, but I can not view any images that are send in a body of an email, is there anyway to fix this? Thanks!
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    Jim · 3 years ago
    Is there a way to have the default setting of "Normal" on the folder pane. It keeps defaulting to "Off" every time I launch the program. I want it to be visible for every view, all the time.
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    Kat · 4 years ago
    oops missed one part of your directions and now fixed- Nevermind and Thanks
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    Kat · 4 years ago
    none of these solutions worked for me
    Every time I reopen mail it goes back to no reading pane at all
    have tried to reset views on all, used clean outlook , tried using use this setting for all folders

    win 7 64 bit
    outlook 2011
    which used to work well on my old 32 comp ... nothing but problems since install and attempt to re-create accounts

    one POP acct
    2 imap accounts
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    Christine Molale · 4 years ago
    how do i restore my outlook to view the emails when the come in. it changed on it's own