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Quick Tip: Expanding Your View in Outlook 2010

If you are like me, you keep your Outlook account open all day as you work. Sometimes I minimize Outlook to my taskbar, but not always.  Since I have two monitors, many times I have Outlook open on the left monitor while I work on the right one.

I rely on Outook for many things. Not only do I use it to communicate, but I also look at my calendar many times each day. By default, Outlook displays the view for only one folder at a time. In other words, you see either your Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, Notes, etc. So what if you want to read your email messages while viewing your calendar? After all, aren’t we all multi-taskers these days?

Easy! Simply right-click the Calendar button in the Navigation pane and then click on Open in New Window.

Right-click on Calendar button and you see the text: Open in New Window

Your Outlook calendar opens in a new window.

Outlook calendar opens in new window

Now you can drag this window to a second monitor or arrange the two open windows side by side on your first monitor.

Need to see your contacts, too? No problem. From the Calendar window, right-click on the Contacts button. In fact, you can open any Outlook folder in a new window in this way. Just remember that if you want to open more than two Outlook windows at once, you must right-click in the second open window to open a third, in the third open window to open a fourth, etc. (You can’t open multiple windows by right-clicking from the first window. After the second one appears, each time you right-click again the second window changes to the new one.)


3 Responses to "Quick Tip: Expanding Your View in Outlook 2010" to “Quick Tip: Expanding Your View in Outlook 2010”

  1. Ricardo Says:

    ” (You can’t open multiple windows by right-clicking from the first window. After the second one appears, each time you right-click again the second window changes to the new one.)”

    This is not true… you can open several windows from the first one… if you right click in Calendar and open in a new window, it will open a second window, and if you right click (still ond the first window) on Contacts and open on a new window it will open a third one, and so on and so forth… it can be done from any windows and it will always open in a new one…

  2. Mike Says:

    When I first installed Outlook 2010, right clicking on items in the navigation pane (Calendar, Tasks, Mail) didn’t work. I could left click, but couldn’t open two things at once. Then this problem magically disappeared. But I’ve just had some system problems and had to do a system restore. Now the issue is back. It is very annoying.

  3. Donna Says:

    Ricardo,

    Yes, you are right. My mistake. As Mike points out in his email, this behavior may vary depending on the build of the machine. Thanks for the correction.

    Donna

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