Editor's Note: The following is a guest post by MVP Robert Sparnaaij as part of the MVP Award Program Blog's "MVPs for Office and SharePoint 2010" series. Robert Sparnaaij is an ICT Consultant and has been an Outlook MVP since 2004. With his web sites How To-Outlook and MSOutlook.info and his participation in the online communities such as the Outlook Answers Forum, he tries to help people to work efficiently with Outlook and related programs and systems on a daily basis.
With all the big changes at the top of your screen, you might not have noticed yet all the big little changes at the bottom of your screen. The Status Bar got a major functional overhaul in Outlook 2010 which can help you with everyday tasks.
If you were to take a quick look at your Status Bar now, you might find it looking something like this:
As you can see, there is a lot more information being displayed now and some of these indicators are even interactive.
My favorite option in the redesigned Status Bar is located in the right corner next to the zoom slider; Reading Layout.
When you press the Reading button, the Navigation Pane, To-Do Bar and Ribbon all minimize at once leaving just your Message List and Reading Pane open. The result is a maximized reading area.
Great article on hidden items in Outlook 2010. Is there any way to get the status bar changed in Outlook 2007. We would have upgraded to Outlook 2010, but have an issue with our phone system call manager software that builds into Outlook currently. I'm really look for a way for our users to see how their mailbox size vs. quota is going in Outlook 2007. Anything you ever come across that would do this? We are running Exchange 2010.
Indeed , many additions but some removed too
for instance , in advanced find , search result count is not displayed anymore
most annoying when you have to deal with complex searches
... and gone too is the option to completely hide the status bar.
Personally, I get distracted every time I see (a squirrel) Outlook send/receive and would prefer to hide it completely as I did in 2007.
.I .have the status bar showing on my outlook 2010 but the actual zoom slider is greyed out and I cant move it. It looks as though it is not enabled. I don't know much about settings yet so can you help me to get this zoom slide to work .The page icons are working ok - but not the zoom slider.
Appreciate your help,
Great article. Please do a new one for the new outlook 2013 and 365 updates. help-center.us/microsoft-outlook-support
How do you hide the status bar in Outlook 2010? It's a waste of space. Thanks!
We need to remove the status bar entirely and nobody on the Internet seems to know how to do that in 2010. Is there really no way to remove the status bar?
Really a good job to make things easier for beginner in Outlook. But for any technical assistance on password email-livehelp.com/outlook-email-support
Same problem here: I would like to be able to hide the status bar altogether. And like other folks, I've done an extensive Google search, but no answers yet, when it comes to Outlook 2010. You could make history if you could find a way.