Where is My Folder Pane in Outlook 2013?

The panes in the primary Outlook 2013 view present the most common form of navigation in the program. You are probably accustomed to seeing a list of your Outlook folders, a list of messages, and a panel that previews the message that is currently selected. We have recently written about what to do when your reading pane is missing in Outlook 2013, and it is possible that you can find yourself missing your folder pane as well.

Fortunately this is not an indication of a major problem with Outlook 2013, and is most likely due to a setting that you can adjust which modifies the display of the folder pane. You can read our guide below to learn how to find this setting so that you can restore your folders to view.


Folder Pane is Missing in Outlook 2013

The steps in this article will show you how to change a view setting in Outlook so that your folder pane is included in the window. There are three different view states available for the folder pane, including Normal, Minimized, and Off. We will be assuming that the folder pane is currently set to the Minimized or Off setting, and that you want to change that to Normal.


  1. Open Outlook 2013.

  3. Click the View tab at the top of the window.
  4. click the view tab in outlook 2013



  5. Click the Folder Pane button in the Layout section of the window, then click the Normal option.

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You may have noticed the Options item in the listing of the previous step. Selecting that item will allow you to modify the items displayed at the bottom of the window. You can use the Options window to specify the number of items displayed in that location, as well as the order in which they appear.

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