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How to show or hide folder list view in Outlook?

In the folder list view, all your folders are listed out including mail folder, calendar folder, contacts folder and so on. You can switch among these different types Outlook folders easily inside the folder list view in the Navigation Pane. In this article, we will show you how to show or hide folder list view in Outlook in details.

Show or switch to folder list view or other views with hotkeys

Show or hide folder list view in Outlook

Move Folder List View icon to beginning/top of Navigation Pane for easy switching in Outlook

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arrow blue right bubbleShow or switch to folder list view or other views with hotkeys

Actually, you can quickly switch to the folder list view or other views in Outlook with following hotkeys:

No. Views Hotkeys
1 Mail view Ctrl + 1
2 Calendar view Ctrl + 2
3 Contact view Ctrl + 3
4 Task view Ctrl + 4
5 Note view Ctrl + 5
6 Folder (list) view Ctrl + 6

arrow blue right bubbleShow or hide folder list view in Outlook

You can show or hide the folder list view in Outlook as follows.
A. In Outlook 2013 or higher versions, for showing the folder list, please click the button in the Navigation Pane, then select Folders from the list. See screenshot:
B. In Outlook 2010 and 2007, please click the Folder List icon in the Navigation Pane.

Outlook 2013 or higher versions:

Outlook 2010 and 2007:

And now the Folder List view is displayed as below screenshot shown:

For hiding the folder list view, just shift to another view such as the Mail view in the Navigation Pane.


arrow blue right bubbleMove Folder List View icon to beginning/top of Navigation Pane for easy switching in Outlook

When Outlook starting, the last view you used before closing Outlook will open automatically by default. Even so, you can also configure the navigation options and move the Folder List View icon to the beginning or top of Navigation Pane for easy shifting. Please do as follows:

1. Go to the bottom of Navigation Pane, and click Ellipsis  > Navigation Options. See screenshot:

2. In the Navigation Options dialog box, (1) select Folders in the Display in this order list box, (2) click the Move Up button repeatedly to move Folders to the top, and (3) click the OK button. See screenshot:

3. Please click Folder List view icon or Press Ctrl + 6 to show the Folder List view.

From now on, the Folder List View icon is moved to the beginning or top of Navigation Pane. And the Folder List view will open by default when Outlook starting.


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    jessica alba · 2 months ago
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    Karen · 1 years ago
    I have a folder in the Outlook 2016 that I can not delete. Microsoft tried creating a new profile but this didnt work and they said that the folder must be in my webmail and that is why it is showing here ... it isnt. I have been onto my email provider and they have done a search for the folder in my webmail and they can't find it either. Anyone else had this problem? and can you tell me how to resolve it?
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    Neal · 4 years ago
    I sent you this comment yesterday, but only now I see the Notify me of follow up comments. I would really like to get my folder back!. In the meantime, let me wish you all the best for the holiday season:
    by using a bad mouse, I seem to have dumped a file folder from Outlook inadvertently elsewhere - I can't find it (and when I do a search on mail items that I know are there, I can't find them). I would really appreciate your help in finding it and restoring to my Outlook. (Outlook 2013, Windows 10). thank you in advance for your help. Neal
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      Tom · 1 years ago
      My folder disappeared every time I added it. I went to folder on top of screen selected IMAP folders. Typed folder name it appeared in list clicked the folder and selected subscribe. Then click send receive and folder is now back
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    Neal · 4 years ago
    by using a bad mouse, I seem to have dumped a file folder from Outlook inadvertently elsewhere - I can't find it (and when I do a search on mail items that I know are there, I can't find them). I would really appreciate your help in finding it and restoring to my Outlook. (Outlook 2013, Windows 10)
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    Kiwiora · 4 years ago
    This is great - now can you provide how to have it default? It always reverts back to the awful plain view (who would ever want that anyway?). A registry setting perhaps?
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      · 2 years ago
      Hi,

      Make sure anyone mail folder will be opened by default when Outlook starting.
      You can configure as: File > Options > Advanced > Outlook start and exit > Start Outlook in this folder: Inbox or other mail folders.


      Under this condition, Outlook will remember to open the view (mail view or folder list view) you used last time.
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      Jane · 3 years ago
      Did you ever find out how to make the folder list view the default setting in Outlook 2016 instead of the plain view?