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How to show and disable calendar peek view in Outlook?

Author: Kelly Last Modified: 2014-09-24

You may have noticed the magic peek views in Microsoft Outlook 2013. In this article, I will show you how to show and pin the peek views, and how to disable the peek views in Microsoft Outlook 2013 easily.

Show and dock the peek view of Calendar

Disable the peek view of Calendar

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arrow blue right bubbleShow and dock the peek view of Calendar in Outlook 2013

Show the peek view of Calendar: move mouse over the Calendar or Calendar icon  at the bottom of Outlook, it will pop up the peek view of Calendar. See screen shot below:

If you need to dock the peek view of Calendar, just click the dock button at the top-right corner of peek view, and the peek view will display in To-Do Bar as soon as possible. See screen shot:


arrow blue right bubbleDisable the peek view of Calendar in Outlook 2013

Some Outlook users may not like this peek view, and think of them annoy. However, it seems no easy way to disable the peek view from Outlook directly. Here I will introduce a trick to disable the peek view of Calendar in Microsoft Outlook 2013.

Step 1: Click the ellipsis  at the bottom of Navigation Pane, and then select the Navigation Options from the popping up menu.

Step 2: In the Navigation Options dialog box, change the Maximum number of visible items to 1, keep the Mail first in the Display in this order box, and click the OK button.

Then you will see all buttons or text are hidden except the Mail at the bottom of Navigation Pane. In this case, it’s impossible to view the peek views of Calendar, People, Task, etc.

Note: In the case, users can’t switch Outlook views with clicking the Calendar/People/Task at the bottom of Navigation Pane directly. Alternatively, hotkeys are easily ways for you to shift Outlook views:

No. Outlook View Hotkeys
1 Mail Ctrl + 1
2 Calendar Ctrl + 2
3 People Ctrl + 3
4 Tasks Ctrl + 4
5 Notes Ctrl + 5
6 Folders Ctrl + 6

Apart from the hotkeys, you can also switch Outlook views with clicking the ellipsis  at the bottom of Navigation Pane > Calendar/People/Tasks


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Thank you for this tutorial! The pop-up peek was driving me nuts.
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Saved my nerve system! :-) Thanks a million. No more pop-up calendar.
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This solution doesnt really work as it switches off the icon to flip to calendar, which is useful. There must be some way to switch off the "peek" function?! It is super annoying!
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Outlook 365 does not allow "dock the peek" calendar in the mail view if using IMAP. Major failure of the software.
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Yup, that is exactly what is going on with us. 'Dock the peek' is greyed out so we cant select it, and we really want to have it on our outlook main display.
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so typical - why ask the user what they want?
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