How to Change the Appearance of Outlook 2007

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With the release of Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft made several changes to the visual appearance of the Office suite. Among other changes, Office 2007 includes a blue color scheme to better match the default appearance of the Windows Vista operating system. However, you can change the color scheme and toolbar positions for Office 2007 programs such as Outlook 2007 to your liking.

Reading Pane Location

  • Click the "View" menu at the top of the Outlook 2007 window.

  • Hover your mouse pointer over "Reading Pane."

  • Click "Right," "Bottom" or "Off" to change the location of the Reading Pane or disable it entirely. The default selection when Outlook 2007 is first installed is "Right."

Toolbars and Icons

  • Click the "Tools" menu at the top of the Outlook 2007 window, then click "Customize."

  • Click the "Toolbars" tab. Place checks in boxes or remove them to add and remove toolbars at the top of the screen.

  • Click the "Options" tab. Place a check in the box labeled "Large Icons" if you would like the buttons displayed at the top of the screen to be bigger.

  • Click the "Close" button when you are finished.

Color Scheme

  • Click the "Tools" menu at the top of the Outlook 2007 window, then click "Options."

  • Click the "Mail Format" tab, then click the "Editor Options" button.

  • Click "Popular" on the left side of the screen.

  • Click the drop-down menu next to "Color Scheme" and select the color you would like to use for Outlook 2007. You may select "Blue," "Silver" or "Black."

  • Click "OK" twice to save the new color scheme.

Tips & Warnings

  • The color scheme is a shared feature of Microsoft Office 2007. If you change the color in Outlook 2007, the color change also takes effect in other Office 2007 programs, including Word 2007 and Excel 2007.

References

  • Photo Credit colors image by dinostock from Fotolia.com
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