Upon opening a message in Outlook 2010 it opens with the File tab selected. It used to open with the Message tab selected.
How do I change it so that the Message tab is selected when the message it opened?
The File tab is always colored in Outlook 2010; this doesn’t mean that it is selected.
More likely is that you have minimized the Ribbon, which is why you don’t see the Home or Message tab by default.
Restore the Ribbon
There are various ways to make the Ribbon tab visible again:
- Keyboard shortcut: CTRL+F1
- Double click on any of the tabs (which is probably what made it hidden for you).
- Click on the icon in the top right corner.
- Click on any of the tabs and then click on the icon in the top right corner.
When the Ribbon is minimized, it looks like the File tab is selected.
The icon in the top right corner (here highlighted), expands it again.
Working with a minimized Ribbon
Hiding the Ribbon can save you some vertical screen real estate, which can be particularly handy on a netbook or a tablet as they usually have smaller screens with a lower resolution.
When you’ve minimized the Ribbon, a single click on one of the tabs will show you the available commands on that tab. This is similar to expanding a menu in "classic" applications or previous versions of Outlook.
After clicking on a command, the Ribbon will automatically hide itself again.
So compared to working with a maximized Ribbon, you’ll only need one additional click when you want to access commands on the Home menu or need to use multiple commands from a single Ribbon tab in succession.
Quick Access Toolbar (QAT)
To compensate the additional click, you could choose to add the commands which you use most often to the Quick Access Bar or learn their keyboard shortcuts.
Note: Even though Outlook 2007 doesn’t show a icon in the top right corner, double clicking on any of the tabs or using the CTRL+F1 keyboard shortcut will also expand or hide the Ribbon.