Change Outlook Startup Folder

August 13, 2008

Outlook 2007 and earlier versions display the Outlook Today page when you first start up, but for most people it’s a fairly useless page since you just want to get to your email anyway.

You can disable Outlook Today easily, or you can use the advanced options to choose a particular folder to start in. You can start by just clicking on the Customize Outlook Today button.

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Then just uncheck the “When starting, go directly to Outlook Today” checkbox, which should set the Inbox as the default startup folder.

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If it doesn’t, or if you want to make outlook display a different folder on startup, open Outlook Options, click on the Other tab, and then click on Advanced Options.

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In this dialog, you can click the Browse button and choose a different folder if you want. You can even choose Search Folders in Outlook 2007, which can be very useful…

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For instance, you could choose the Followup Today search folder to only see items that you’ve flagged to follow up with on the current day. Quite useful!

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