Outlook View Changed Itself: How to Get It Back to Normal

Third party apps interference may cause this problem

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outlook view changed itself

Many readers reported that Outlook changing its view by itself. This can happen due to a corrupted user profile or third-party interference. In some cases, outdated versions of Outlook can cause this as well.

Before trying any advanced steps for fixing the issue, try restarting Outlook or turn off all background apps.

How do I change my Outlook layout back to normal?

1. Revert to the older view via the Reset icon

  1. Launch the Outlook app on your PC. Go to the top menu bar and click on the View tab.
  2. Click on the Reset View button. It should revert to the older view.
  3. Click the Change View button in the top-left corner, then select Compact.

2. Reset Outlook view via Run Command

  1. Press Windows + R to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type outlook.exe/ cleanviews, then click the OK button to run the command.

The above command will reopen the Outlook app and reset all custom views and displays to default settings.

3. Run Outlook in Safe Mode and disable plugins and add-ins

  1. Press Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog box, type outlook.exe/safe, then click the OK to start Outlook in Safe Mode.
  2. Click Yes on the Microsoft confirm prompt.
  3. Select File at the top of the screen, then click on Options.
  4. Click on Add-ins, then click on Go beside the Manage COM Add-ins button.
  5. Select the add-ins you want to disable from the available menu, then click the Remove button.
  6. Restart your PC and check if Outlook changes its view again.

4. Update Outlook

  1. Repeat steps 1-3 in solution 3 to start Outlook in Safe Mode.
  2. Click on File at the top of the screen, select Office account, and click the Office updates menu.
  3. Click the Update Options button, then select the Update Now option from the drop-down to install pending updates on Outlook.
  4. Restart your PC and launch Outlook to see if the view change persists.

It will fix Outlook errors that may affect its performance and cause problems with its display.

5. Create a new Outlook Profile

  1. Left-click the Start button, type Control Panel, then click OK to open it.
  2. Select Mail from the menu.
  3. Click on the Show Profiles button.
  4. On the General tab, click on the Add button, then untick the Always use this Profile option.
  5. Input the Profile name and click OK.
  6. Add your Name, Email address, and password credentials, click Next, then Apply to save changes.

Outlook should go back to its default view by creating a new profile.

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