When you launch Outlook, does it immediately open your Inbox folder? Perhaps you’d like to peruse your Calendar appointments first, or a subfolder in your inbox. How about a high-level outlook for today? Viewing all your activities for the day – before you burrow into the quagmire of emails – might keep you from missing an early morning class or meeting.

To open Outlook with the Calendar:

  1. Click the File tab and then click Options on the left (below Help).
  2. Click Advanced on the left.
  3. In the “Outlook start and exit” section, click on the Browse button. (see Figure 1)
  4. In the Select Folder dialog box, click on the Calendar folder. (see Figure 2)
  5. Click OK twice to return to Outlook.

The next time you launch Outlook, it will open in your Calendar.

Figure 1: Click Browse to change the default folder from Inbox to Calendar

Figure 2: Select your Calendar as the new opening folder

To open with a high-level overview of your day – “Outlook Today”:

  1. Repeat steps 1-3 as before to open the “Select Folder” dialog box.
  2. In the “Select Folder” dialog box, click on your main Profile folder. (see Figure 3)
  3. Click OK twice to return to Outlook.

The next time you launch Outlook, it will open in “Outlook Today," with an overview of your appointments, unread mail and tasks.

Figure 3: Select your main profile folder to open in “Outlook Today”

Many of Outlook’s customizations are only a few clicks away

If you aren’t taking advantage of the customizations in Outlook, you may be working too hard! For more information on how to use Outlook 2010, check out our training classes in the Learning Center.