You Decide Outlook 2010’s Startup Folder
What’s the Startup Folder? It is the folder you see first when Outlook starts. Typically, when Outlook 2010 starts, it opens the Inbox as your startup folder. But you can change that behavior if you wish.
Why would you want to change the startup folder? Here are some possible reasons:
- You might want to start your day by reviewing your Calendar.
- You might want to start with your Task List and get some work done right away, instead of getting bogged down in all the mail that came flooding in overnight.
- You might want to see all your Unread Mail first, or perhaps any messages that are flagged For Follow Up.
- Messages from your primary email account might never appear in the Inbox.
Did that last possibility throw you? Are you wondering why messages from your primary email account might not appear in the Inbox? Before you call me crazy, let me explain.
If you’re using Outlook at work, you are probably hooked up to an Exchange server. In this situation, messages from your main email account (the account that’s handled by the Exchange server) will automatically appear in your Inbox. But there’s no universal law that says it always has to be this way.
A lot of people that use Outlook aren’t connected to an Exchange server at all. I meet them all the time in the Outlook courses I lead. Instead of their copy of Outlook being hooked up to some corporate Exchange server, they use some other kind of email service to get their messages.
The way that service works determines whether or not their email shows up in the regular Outlook Inbox. If the service they use is Yahoo Mail, or some other service that has a POP3 interface, then the messages end up in the Outlook Inbox.
But for people who use services like Gmail, Hotmail, or GMX Mail that synchronize with Outlook using an IMAP or other proprietary connection, things work differently. Messages from those services end up in their own set of folder within Outlook, and not in Outlook’s default Inbox.
So if you use one of these services exclusively for your email, or if you consider one of these services as your primary email account, Outlook’s normal behavior of opening to the Inbox is pretty much worthless to you.
That’s where this page comes into play. It is only a moment’s work to tell Outlook 2010 to open a different startup folder. Having Outlook open to exactly the folder you want it to will surely improve your day at least a little, so let’s do this, shall we?
How to Change the Startup Folder
Follow these instructions to change Outlook 2010’s startup folder:
- In the ribbon, click File to go to Outlook 2010 Backstage.
- In the menu that runs down the left side of the window, click Options. This opens the Outlook Options dialog box.
- In the menu that runs down the left side of the dialog box, click Advanced
- Find the “Outlook start and exit” section and click the Browse button. This opens the Select Folder dialog box.
- Select the folder you want Outlook 2010 to use as its new startup folder, then click OK twice to return to the mail Outlook window. You’re done.
From now on, when you start Outlook 2010, it will open to the Startup Folder of your choice.
From here you can:
Click to return to the top of this Outlook 2010 Startup Folder page.
Click to return to the General Outlook 2010 Tips page.
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If you want to see how to change the startup folder for Outlook 2007, click here.
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