New Outlook folder pane feature request

Copper Contributor



I hope this message finds you all in good spirits. I am writing to express my concern about a feature that seems to be missing in the new version of Outlook – the ability to partially hide the folders pane by unpinning it.


In the older version of Outlook, I loved the flexibility of being able to display only my favorite folders in a compact format by hiding the folders pane. This feature was incredibly useful, especially because I had added emojis to my folders, making navigation a breeze even when the pane was hidden.

Here is how it was:



With the introduction of the new Outlook, I've noticed that this customization option for the left side pane is no longer available. The pane now takes up a significant amount of space, impacting my overall user experience. While I appreciate the enhancements and new features, this particular change has made me reconsider using the updated version.


I kindly urge the Outlook development team to consider reinstating the functionality that allowed users to partially hide the folders pane in the new Outlook. This customization was a valuable aspect of the user interface, and many users, including myself, would greatly appreciate its return.

Thank you for considering this request, and I hope we can collectively work towards ensuring a more customizable and user-friendly Outlook experience.


Maybe I miss something and this functionality remain, If so I would greatly appreciate any tips or solutions that could help me with that.



Thank you!

2 Replies


I've recently received new Outlook update and had the same question at first. But, after playing with the new interface for a while, I figured our these three bars as encircled in the image below, which pull the Folder pane, when clicked. I myself preferred the previous look, where it showed the folder names in collapsed view, but this gives that extra space by removing it. Hope this helps! 

Cheers - Banmeet




I keep switching back to the older version of outlook, because I miss this feature. Its always easier to navigate all unread in favorite folders.