Customizing Outlook's Menu and Toolbars



Open the Tools menu and choose Customize.


The Customize dialog box opens. Click the Toolbars tab if it's not displayed already.


Check any toolbars that you want displayed in Outlook and uncheck any you want hidden.


Click the Options tab.


If Outlook's default toolbars don't quite meet your needs, you can turn on additional ones. For example, you may want to display the Web toolbar so that you can access Web sites from within Outlook. You can also configure Outlook to track your menu usage and display only those commands you use most often rather than the complete list. (Don't worry; you can still view all available commands in a menu by clicking the down arrow at the bottom of the menu.) You can make these changes and more using the Customize dialog box.



To configure Outlook to display only those menu commands you use most often, make sure the Always Show Full Menus check box is unchecked.


Make changes as desired to how fonts are displayed, whether ScreenTips are displayed, and whether Outlook uses menu animations.


Click Close to confirm your changes.


You see the effects of your changes (short menus).


Turning Toolbars On and Off

You can also turn toolbars on and off using View, Toolbars.


Customizing Menu Commands

Although you can customize the menu commands that are listed, it's not a great idea to do so because the online help and other materials, such as this book, reference the menus as originally created. If you do want to customize the commands, however, you do so using the Commands tab in the Customize dialog box.