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I woke up this morning looking forward to getting some work done while everyone else was away to play and ran into an unexpected problem.

Apparently while I was sleeping my outlook window decided to play a game of hide and go seek. It was invisible this morning and I was unable to find it or get it to appear while open even after multiple restarts.

Now, having multiple monitors for years now I know most of the little tricks:

Well none of this worked today, and when using the move it actually acted like the window was already on the screen.

After blowing away my profile and recreating even, I dived into the internet trying to find a solution. I finally found this obscure solution on an Italian website:

http://www.folblog.it/risolto-outlook-2010-si-avvia-ma-non-si-apre/

Now, like I said it’s in Italian, but thanks to Chrome and Google’s translate functionality, it was an easy read. For this reason I’m just going to summarize here:

  1. Make sure Outlook is completely closed.
  2. Right click the start menu or taskbar icon (on the task bar you have to then actually right click the outlook option after right clicking the taskbar icon)
  3. Click properties.
  4. Modify the setting so the window always starts maximized.
  5. Save the setting and start outlook from the shortcut, Outlook will now display properly maximized. If you try to restore it to a window though, it disappears again.
  6. While it’s maximized right click the taskbar and select ‘Cascade Windows’
  7. You will now see that the Outlook window was cascaded and restored to a normal window.
  8. Close Outlook normally.
  9. Change the properties of the shortcut back to start as a ‘normal’ window.
  10. Problem solved.

I hope this helps someone else, as it was quite the annoyance to me this morning!