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Outlook Express View Settings

You can customize certain views that determine whether specific elements of Outlook Express are displayed and how they are displayed.


Use these settings to determine which elements of the Outlook Express interface are included in the default view for new users.

  • To include the Folder bar as a default for users, select the Folder bar check box.

  • To display the Outlook Bar, a horizontal bar that displays certain folders, such as the Inbox, select Outlook Bar.

  • To include a list of e-mail and news folders in the left column, select the Folder list check box.

  • To display the status bar, which appears at the bottom of the Outlook Express window, select Status Bar.

  • To list the users' MSN Messenger contacts (if MSN Messenger is installed and configured) as well as addresses of e-mail correspondents, select the Contacts check box.

  • To display a tip every time Outlook Express is started, select the Tip of the day check box.


Use these settings to specify whether the toolbar appears, and if it does, whether it has text on it.

  • Select the Show Toolbar check box to include the toolbar. It appears at the top of the Outlook Express window and contains buttons that correspond to common commands. Your users can configure the toolbar.

  • Select the Show text on toolbar buttons check box to include text on the toolbar buttons.

Preview pane

Use these settings to set the preview pane options.

  • Select the Show preview pane check box to include a message preview pane for your users' default view of mail and news messages.

  • Click Below messages if you want the preview pane to appear as a horizontal pane located below the list of messages.

  • Click Beside messages if you want the preview pane to appear as a vertical pane located beside and to the right of the list of messages.

  • Select the Show preview pane header check box to include a preview pane header area that can be used to display message header information, including the From, To, Cc, and Subject lines of the message.

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