How to Change the Classic Ribbon View in Microsoft Outlook?

Microsoft Outlook recently change ribbon presentation which enhances the space in Outlook. The classic view consists of multiple icons and the simplified ribbon has fewer icons on it.

The Outlook classic view is the default view when you open Outlook. To open the Outlook classic view, click File on the top ribbon, and then click Open and Restore.

In the pop-out menu, click Classic View, and then click OK. Then, you hopefully see the same familiar, simple display that Outlook users have accustomed to.

The Outlook classic view has fewer features than the Outlook Ribbon view, but it conserves screen space and manages to keep the bulk of icons and menus out of sight, so you have a cleaner screen clutter-free.

How do I switch back to the classic view in outlook 365?

Classic View

Classic View

The classic view consists of entire icons.

Simplified View

simplified view

The new, simplified ribbon consists of more space for fingers to click the icons, (in case using a touchscreen system simplified view earlier to use).

You can switch from a simplified ribbon to a classic view and vice versa easily, here are the steps:

The simplified ribbon view is designed streamlined with huge spaces between icons, and most of the icons are hidden.

Outlook touch mode is also designed for that. It is helpful to work on smaller devices like mobile phones and laptops, instead of the classic view.

I personally prefer the classic view, working on it and all the required icons are on the screen.

Start by clicking on the small down arrow icon found on the far right of the ribbon. A dropdown list appears which consists of:

  • Classic Ribbon
  • Simplified Ribbon

Selection switch between the simplified and classic ribbons whenever you want. It won’t automatically change the ribbon design across Microsoft apps.

That’s it the process change back to the Old Outlook view, and you can work as usual.

Outlook Shortcut Key for Classic/Simplified Ribbon

A shortcut key is one of the smart ways to work and enhance your result, there is a shortcut key for switching a classic ribbon to a simplified ribbon and vice versa.

  • Classic to Simplified Ribbon – Alt + ZRI
  • Simplified Ribbon to Classic – Alt + ZRL

How Do I Change Outlook to Classic View in Outlook Web?

Outlook Web Classic view is recently introduced in Outlook web, you can very easily check out all the ribbon options in Outlook web also, by default Outlook web is set to simplified view, and you can switch the layout to the classic ribbon.

Open Outlook web, go to the right-most corner of the screen from the drop-down list you will see two options:

  • Simplified View
  • Classic View

Final Words

In conclusion, if you liked the New Look of Outlook, you would love this update. It means no more cluttered inbox, just a clean, simple, easy-to-read email. This update makes reading emails a lot easier and more fun.

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