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    mcswell commented  · 

    The old menu (prior to the Ribbon) was just right in this respect; it collapsed into a single line of text when you weren't using it. When the Ribbon first came out, it too could be collapsed by default. But now, with the simplified toolbar, there doesn't appear to be any way to collapse it completely; the icons are always there. And to add insult to injury, the choice of icons in the simplified toolbar is useless for me. What good is an always visible icon for "Get Add-ins" when I'm on my company's locked-down Outlook, and couldn't install add-ins even if I wanted to? Or the Delete icon; that's what God made the Delete key for. Etc. etc. Useless icons in the simplified toolbar, useful icons hidden by default, and I can't even close the simplified toolbar!

    *Please* don't decline this change on the grounds that you've done lots of user testing, and these tests show blah blah (as I've seen with other highly voted suggestions). If your user testing doesn't agree with what's on this uservoice website, then I think s.t.'s wrong with your user testing.

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    I think this is part of a larger problem, namely that there doesn't seem to be any way to set a standard set of columns--and their widths--throughout Outlook. I NEVER want to see the exclamation point column, or the ringing bell column, or the folded corner paper column, or the "Categories" column; and I ALWAYS want the paper clip + From + Received etc. columns in that order, and each with a width that allows me to see s.t. useful. But I can only do that one folder at a time, which is exasperating.

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    I really just want to delete this column, but for all other columns, that's relatively easy: click on the column and drag it up, and lo! it disappears. Not so for the flag column; to get rid of it, I have to right click and select something in the popup menu.

  5. 8 votes
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    mcswell commented  · 

    Looks similar to 39860980, but agreed: I need this.

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    mcswell commented  · 

    Agreed: if I'm somewhere on my phone, but not logged in to Outlook, I need it to send me a text reminder (esp. since I can't sync my Outlook calendar with my phone's calendar).

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    Absolutely. If I'm on my phone, and not logged in to Outlook (which in my company I can't easily do from my phone, nor can I sync Outlook's calendar with my phone's calendar), then I want a notification sent to me. Email would be good, option to text it instead/ in addition would be even better.

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    In my office, some people prefer to use Teams, some prefer to use email. The result is that I have project information, announcements, messages I need to reply to, etc. in two different places. If it's been a week or two, I can't remember which place s.t. is in. I need them to be in the same place, so I can keep all the information together and don't spend 20 minutes searching in the wrong place. So yes, integrate the two products.

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    mcswell commented  · 

    Thunderbird has a plug-in called Nostalgy; Outlook ought to have s.t. similar implemented in the Move | Other folder... command.

    The way the Move | Other folder command works now: you have to select the full path to the folder from a depiction of the folders. If you have lots of folders, and especially if they're hierarchical, you waste a lot of time looking for the right folder.

    The way it should work (the way it works in Nostalgy): you start typing characters from the name of the target folder (or the name of a folder above it, then a slash, then maybe more characters). Nostalgy brings up a list of the folder or folders that match what you're typing, and you can either keep typing until only one folder matches, or select one of the folders from the list (keyboard or mouse). What you type can be a substring of any folder name, e.g. if I have a folder Family | John | College, I can type "Col" or "lege" or even "ohn/coll". Makes it very fast to file emails--and more consistent (I don't wind up with multiple folders in the hierarchy that should be the same).

    I realize the above description may be hard to follow; if you have Thunderbird, you should really try Nostalgy to see how it works. It's well designed.

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    mcswell commented  · 

    Someone commented that you can add "In folder". However, I have to to do that every single time I need to do a search, which is inconvenient (and no, I don't want this field to be a default for all views, because I don't want it show up when I'm browsing the messages in a folder--I already know what folder I'm in!) And second, that column only tells you what the bottom level folder is, not the hierarchy. I have project for dozens (maybe hundreds) or projects, and each one has a subfolder for "Budget". If I see that a msg is in the "Budget" folder, that doesn't tell me where that folder is. I want a *hierarchical folder" field. FYI, you can open the msg, and do a special search--I think it's Ctrl-Alt-F--and then browse something, I forget what. But that's clumsy and a lot of work for s.t. that ought to be automatic. The OP's suggestion is exactly right (and maybe open in a different window, so the search is still there if you need to come back to it).

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    mcswell commented  · 

    Absolutely: if I don't want the "Mention" column that shows up by default in one folder, I probably don't want it anywhere. And I always want the "From" and "Received" columns to be wide enough to contain some useful information (despite running on a large monitor, these columns default to tiny). And so forth. Only exceptions: I want Searches to show the "In Folder" column, and I want the "Sent mail" folder to show "To" instead of "From" (since email in this folder is always from me, duh).

    So at a minimum: defaults for every folder. Better: defaults for every folder, with exceptions for special folders like "Sent" and search results.

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