I’m a fan of the ‘Metro’ style (modern style, whatever) and I’m fine with big bold words and fonts.  But I just loaded Office 2013 with my corporate account and as pretty as it may be it looks and feels like there’s just an epic failure in space management. Look at what your email list looks like. See that? The “…’ is there but really why? Give me words, not dots. The first full sentence is reduced to a mere 3 words (the next word was ‘happens’ and it was chopped) . And you can see that space that’s just blank. There’s absolutely no reason to have all of that blank space though. And I can’t find a way to disable ‘space wasting mode’. I think I’m going to be forced to put the preview pane below and then the calendar to the right because with the preview on the right you lose too much.

If you think I’m being picky then you don’t use Outlook in a corporate environment because I live and die by Outlook and when it’s more efficient so am I.


  1. I don’t know how you like that style. It’s bugged me forever. And this is one of the main reasons.

  2. Same here. Whole company on hold with 2010. We work with up to 15 IMAP mailboxes simulteaously ; plus the offline PST archives. Makes up to 30 PST folders to display ont he screen.
    Folder pane on the left has 1/2 inches gap between every PST.
    It’s totally unusable.
    Add to that the fact that Outlook 2013 adds a “Junk Email 1” folder to each of my 15 imap accounts which we can’t delete.
    Also we can’t decide in Outlook 2013 where to store the PST files. What if I want to store my main PST on my SSD and the ones I use less on the D: drive ? I just can’t do it.
    Plus the colors that are awful.
    They just ruined Outlook completely. To make it “as usable” as 2010 we’d need to upgrade our 1600×1200 monitors to 2560×1600. That’s 1000$ per monitor, and we have 3 monitors per pc. And still we’d be still stuck with horrible 2013 color schemes.

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