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How to move navigation bar from left side to the bottom in Outlook?

For some users of Channel 2207 Outlook, the latest release of Office, you may find the navigation bar no longer reside at the bottom. Instead, the navigation bar is moved to the upper left side of the Outlook window. Some may feel it is a good update, but many may get annoyed about this change because they have already gotten accustomed to the old style, and the change causes all kinds of inconveniences. Anyway, is there any way to move the navigation bar from the left side to the bottom? The answer is yes. This tutorial will show you two easy and quick ways to get the job done.

Note: Here takes Microsoft Outlook 365 as an instance, the steps and descriptions may have some differences in other Outlook versions.


Move navigation bar from side to bottom in Outlook using Registry fix

1. Enable Outlook, you can see the navigation bar is now located in the upper left side.

2. Hold down the Windows key and R key on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box. Input regedit in the Open box. Then click OK.

3. Then a User Account Control dialog box pops up. Click the Yes button to continue.

4. In the Registry Editor window, navigate to the following path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Common\ExperimentEcs\Overrides

5. Locate and click the “Microsoft.Office.Outlook.Hub.HubBar” string value in the Name column in the right section of the page. Then set the Value data to false.

But in my case, the “Microsoft.Office.Outlook.Hub.HubBar” string value in this registry key doesn’t exist. So I should create a new string value named “Microsoft.Office.Outlook.Hub.HubBar” in this location first.

6. To create the “Microsoft.Office.Outlook.Hub.HubBar” string value, please right-click on the Overrides folder, then click New > String Value in the popped-up menu lists.

7. Copy and Paste “Microsoft.Office.Outlook.Hub.HubBar” in the text box.
Tip: If the name of the string value is not in editable mode, please right click it and select Rename from the context menu.

8. Double-click on the newly created string value. The Edit String dialog pops up. Type “false” in the Value data box. Then click OK.

Now restart Outlook. You will see the Navigation bar is back at the bottom of the Outlook page like it used to be.

Note: If you want to restore the left-side navigation bar setting, just locate the “Microsoft.Office.Outlook.Hub.HubBar” string value in the Registry Editor window, right-click on it, and click Delete.


Move navigation bar from side to bottom in Outlook with an Outlook option (recommended 👍)

For users of the newest versions of Outlook, which is Microsoft 365 MSO (Version 2211 Build 16.0.15831.20098), you can get the job done even quicker. Office just added an option in the latest version of Outlook 365. Thanks to this update, you can change the navigation bar back to the bottom with just a few clicks. Please do as follows:

1. Enable Outlook. Click File > Options > Advanced.

2. Uncheck the Show Apps in Outlook option under the Outlook panes.

3. Click the OK button to finish the set up.

4. A prompt box pops up, reminding you that you must restart this application for the changes to take effect. Click OK.

4. Restart Outlook. You will find the navigation bar is moved back to the bottom.

I just know the method very recently (December 14, 2022), and it really blows my mind because it's just so simple. Anyone who can't use the Registry method should try this method.

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Tusinde tak for en detaljeret og let forståelig guide.
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Hello friend,
You are welcome. Glad it is helpful. Have a great day!
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Excellent work
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Hello EGS,
Thank you for your feedback. So glad this tutorial can help. Have a nice day.
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Mandy
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It worked! Thank you so much for your help! Very much appreciated!
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Great, works for me, thanks!
Rated 5 out of 5
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Hello Penny,
You are welcome. Glad our tutorial is helpful. Any questions, please feel free to contact us. Have a nice day.
Sincerely,
Mandy
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Glad there are smart people out there who know how to do stuff like this. Your instructions worked great, and the bar is back at the bottom where I wanted it.
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Hello Dave,
So glad our tutorial is helpful. Any questions, please feel free to contact us. Have a nice day.
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Worked beautifully!
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Hello TEO,
You are welcome. Glad our tutorial is helpful. Any questions, please feel free to contact us. Have a nice day.
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Thank you, worked perfectly :)
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Hello JW,
You are welcome. Glad our tutorial is helpful. Any questions, please feel free to contact us. Have a nice day.
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Worked perfectly.. thank you.. Come on now MS, you are better than this.. that navigation all along the left side of screen takes to much screen estate... terrible idea.. terminate all that contributed to such a decision..
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Hello Lance,
You are absolutely right. Many Microsoft users are feeling the same way towards the location change of navigation bar. Glad we can move it back to the bottom.
Sincerely,
Mandy
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Great! How annoying for MS to do this? Why limit customizations to just regedit's? Terrible customer focus. I hate all these "enhancements" that are really just changing the view based on some User Experience Teams' perception of what is the best layout. Leave that option to the user!@

Thanks again!!
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Hello Ken,
I totally agree with you. Only the people who use the software in daily life and work knows the best. Only speculation of the best layout from User Experience Teams is in no way enough. Glad it can be remedied, using the method in the article.
Sincerely,
Mandy
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Thank you! Your instructions were perfect and the bar is back at the bottom!
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Hello Miriam,
You are welcome. Glad our tutorial is helpful. Any questions, please feel free to contact us. Have a nice day.
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you are a champion.......much apprecieated
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Hello Creigh,
You are welcome. Glad our tutorial is helpful. Any questions, please feel free to contact us. Have a nice day.
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Wonderful! Worked perfectly!
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Hello Melissa,
So glad our tutorial is helpful. Any questions, please feel free to contact us. Have a nice day.
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Excellent. Thanks.
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Hello Diminic,
So glad our tutorial is helpful. Any questions, please feel free to contact us. Have a nice day.
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Mandy
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Excellent. Too many vertical bars reducing the real working space onscreen! Why can't it be optional for goodness sake? We are not children! Thanks for the workaround.
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Hello Phil,
You are not alone in feeling this way. Many Microsoft users feel the same way about the location change of the navigation bar. Glad we can move it back to the bottom.
Sincerely,
Mandy
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Will users have to update the registry every time MS roll out an update which is monthly?
Will this registry change impact MS's future updates to the application?
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Hello TC,
Users don't have to update this registry everytime MS rolls out an update. And for now, this registry change hasn't impacted MS's future updates to the application.

And another good thing about this method is that as long as you want, you can change the setting back. Just delete the new string value created in the Overrides folder. That's enough. Have a nice day.
Sincerely,
Mandy
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That worked. Thanks! so annoying that they change this stuff.
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Hello Jaa,
You are welcome. Glad it is helpful. Many Microsoft users feel the same way about the location change of the navigation bar. Glad we can move it back to the bottom.
Sincerely,
Mandy
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Thanks, that worked. So annoying that they change this stuff!
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Hello Jaa,
You are welcome. Glad it is helpful. Many Microsoft users feel the same way about the location change of the navigation bar. Glad we can move it back to the bottom.
Sincerely,
Mandy
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This article worked for me. Thank you!
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Hello,
So glad our tutorial is helpful. Any questions, please feel free to contact us. Have a nice day.
Sincerely,
Mandy
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Thank you! I got my viewing real estate back
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Hello Brownfan,
You are welcome. Glad our tutorial is helpful. Any questions, please feel free to contact us. Have a nice day.
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Mandy
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Hello Mandy,

You are a genius! It works perfectly and I get back the navigation pane at the bottom. You have a great day, cheers!

Kind Regards,
Vincent Lim
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Hello Vincent,

So glad our tutorial can help. It's great we can change the location of the navigation bar in Outlook, rather than accept whatever changes Microsoft makes. Have a nice day.

Best wishes,
Mandy
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Amazing! Something finally worked. Thank you!
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Hello MJ,
You are welcome. Glad our tutorial is helpful. Any questions, please feel free to contact us. Have a nice day.
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Thank you!
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Hello Josh,
You are welcome. Glad our tutorial is helpful. Any questions, please feel free to contact us. Have a nice day.
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