Microsoft released an update to Outlook for Mac users in March, bringing about several changes to the user interface (UI).

One significant alteration was the relocation of the Mail, Calendar, and People icons from the bottom of the screen to the side.

New Outlook for Mac UI

While this update introduced a fresh look and feel to the application, it has not been universally well-received by users.

Outlook for Mac

For those who have grown accustomed to the previous layout and prefer having the icons at the bottom of the UI, this change has been met with disappointment.

Numerous users have voiced their preference for retaining the new user interface (UI) while also having the ability to revert the icons to their original placement.

Certain users perceive the new UI as less intuitive and user-friendly compared to its predecessor.

They have registered complaints regarding the relocated icons, citing difficulties in accessing them and occupying excessive screen space.

Please return the toolbar where it used to be for many years. Users switch between calendar and mail dozens of times a day and experience is negatively affected. At the minimum give users an option to control the setting based on their own preferences.

Outlook for macOS moved the navigation pane (mail, calendar, people icons) from the bottom to the left side. How can I move them back to the bottom where they were before?

Likewise, when these adjustments were made to Outlook for Windows, a similar response ensued.

In response to a user, the Outlook team suggested that anyone who wished to revert to the previous layout should continue providing feedback to Microsoft regarding this change.

Microsoft support
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It seems that Microsoft is actively monitoring user opinions and considering potential adjustments based on their feedback.

Potential workaround

Fortunately, there is a workaround that seems to be effective for a significant number of users. Follow the steps below to clear Outlook app data on your Mac. Unfortunately, you’ll have to do this after every reboot.

Go to Help > Clear Application Data > Tick experimental features > Press ‘Clear’

Just like any software update, it is common for changes to spark mixed reactions. But Microsoft seems to be keeping an eye on the feedback and maybe they will explore potential solutions.

It remains to be seen whether they will implement an official option to restore the icons to the bottom of the screen, though.

We hope this method helps you get the Mail, Calendar, and People icons back to the bottom of the screen just like you prefer.

Note: We have more such stories in our dedicated Microsoft section so be sure to follow them as well.

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A computer science engineer who loves tech and won't stop talking about it. Here at Piunikaweb, I mostly cover Google Pixel deals and how-tos, though you may find me covering Pixel news as well sometimes. Apart from being a nerd, i love gaming and watching movies in my free time.

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