I am migrating from Outlook 2007 to Outlook 2010. One reason I've avoided this upgrade is that I use different custom views to sort and prioritize Tasks, and I find switching between these views in Outlook 2010 to be very cumbersome (see linked photos below).

Outlook 2007 has both a convenient side-bar with a list of all of the views and a searchable drop-down menu of all views. The searchable drop-down menu (called "Current View") is available in the "Customize" menu on the "Commands" tab under the "Advanced" category.

Outlook 2010 uses icons instead of lists when displaying the names of different views. I've searched through the customization options but have not found anything like the drop-down list in Outlook 2007. Does such a menu exist in Outlook 2010? Alternatively, does Outlook 2016 have this feature? Thanks


Unfortunately, such a drop-down combobox doesn't exist in Outlook 2010-2016. But it can be implemented by programming the Outlook add-in.

Creating the addin is not that hard. Start here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/visualstudio/vsto/walkthrough-creating-your-first-vsto-add-in-for-outlook. And this is what you need to add to your ribbon customization: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd906352(v=office.12).aspx

  • Bummer. Thanks. How hard is it to learn to program an Outlook add-in? I have been teaching myself to program in R, and I've written a few Unix and Windows scripts over the years. – Josh Sep 13 '18 at 18:37
  • @Josh updated the answer. – thims Sep 14 '18 at 15:00

Agree with thims that there is no option available in Outlook to see such a view in neither Outlook 2010 nor Outlook 2016. If you have more concerns on this feature, you may submit your suggestion to the Outlook UserVoice forum.

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