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Open Different Outlook Features in Separate Windows to Improve Productivity

If you work in Outlook for much of the workday, you may find it annoying having to navigate from Mail View to Calendar, then Contacts…etc. Today we show you a cool quick tip that will allow you to open each feature in a new Window.

Outlook 2007

Open up Outlook and in the Navigation Pane right-click Calendar and select Open in New Window.


Now you can do this for any feature you want to have open in a new window. For example here we have Calendar, Contacts, and Mail each open in their own separate window.


Now if you’re using Windows 7 you can easily switch between windows with the new Taskbar.


Or you can use the “Alt+Tab” key combination if you prefer especially in earlier versions.


The process is the same for Outlook 2010…


And and for Outlook 2003 as well.


This is a simple tip, but can be very effective in helping you get work done easier and more quickly.

Brian Burgess worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. He's been a tech blogger and journalist for the past seven years, and can be found on his about me page or Google+

  • Published 01/27/10

Comments (10)

  1. Colm

    Does anyone know if there is a keyboard shortcut for this?

  2. Beverly

    Just giving you accolades on how great your tips are and you do such a great job of step by step detail for the novice. Thank you very much.

  3. Rich

    Using Outlook 2010 and I’ve used this feature (very nice), however, recently when I “Open in new Window”, the ‘new window’ is small (unreadable), so I have to drag the lower right corner to expan the window so I can read it. This is happening every time I ‘Open in a new window” now. Is there a setting that may have gone bonkers that I can reset to open the window in the same size the window was last closed?

  4. Gene

    I have the same problem that Rich noted – it is very annoying and happens only when opening a new window for one of the other “features” of outlook – calendar, contacts, tasks, etc. Really screwey – wish Microsoft would stop tinkering with their software and provide features that work as expected.

  5. Jerry

    When opening a folder in a new window in Outlook, the size of the new window is the same size as the main Outlook window when it is not maximized.

    To fix:
    1. un-maximize the main window
    2. resize as desired
    3. maximize main window
    4. close Outlook (check Task Manager to make sure process has stopped, if not manually stop it)
    5.reopen Outlook

    Now, opening a new window will result in a window that is the same size that the main window was when it was not maximized.

  6. Paul

    Jerry – many thanks for that handy tip to fix the window sizing problem.

  7. Jim

    I’ve tried the 5 steps and the new windows still open very small. Is there a setting, registry hack, or service pack to fix this?

  8. Michel

    I have the same problem and cannot fix it.

  9. adb

    I have been going nuts for months trying to figure out how I made it so all my “open in a new window” in outlook kept coming in small. I tried all those useless ctl + click the x etc I kept on finding, but nothing worked.
    Now I know that I accidentally changed it one time and now know why it saved that way thanks to your steps for fixing it! Thanks Jerry for the fix, it worked beautifully.

  10. Wendy

    Thanks Jerry – your window resizing tips worked for me too!

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