A reader finds Outlook’s Menu to be confusing.

“I have Outlook mail client on my PC as part of the Microsoft 365 suite – and the ribbon menu is a bewildering array of options, none of which I’ve found to unsubscribe to email lists. Cynthia, I’d LOVE to tame this beast so it shows what I need it to, in the order I need it! Like my 7 email accounts, which I’d like to see ONLY the inboxes and no other folders! That way I know what’s new and what’s not. I have a screen shot, but cannot post it here. Thank you!”

I wonder if you’re singing a different tune after the most recent update to Office 365. Outlook has a streamlined inbox look that I’m loving. Let’s check it out!

When I first opened the updated Outlook, I got this message.

Welcome Outlook simplified

This inbox is certainly cleaner that it was before.

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At the left, you’ll find your folders.

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At the bottom left, icons to navigate between Mail, Calendar, People, and Tasks.

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Click the three-dot icon for more options.

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The top ribbon has pretty simple controls. Home is your standard inbox.

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Click on File to see your account information or add new accounts. From here you can also change mailbox settings or add automatic replies, and rules.

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From the inbox, you have easy controls for creating a new email, moving, replying, and forwarding.  You can also type in the Tell me what you want to do box for help.

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At the right side of the ribbons are options to mark importance, search the People App, check your address book, and filter emails.

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Just click on filtered for a drop-down menu.

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The three-dot menu icon offers more options for marking, moving, and setting up rules. You can also choose Read Aloud.

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Click the arrow at the far-right to see more stuff on the ribbon menu.

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If you don’t want this full view, click that arrow again to collapse it.

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