Outlook 2013 Compact Navigation options are not saved

Symptoms

In Microsoft Outlook 2013, the Compact Navigation settings are not saved when you close Outlook.

Cause

There may be a conflict between the Outlook Fast Shutdown functionality and one or more COM Add-ins.

Workaround

Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
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To work around this issue, find the affected add-in or add-ins by enabling shutdown notifications for all the add-ins, then disabling shutdown notifications one add-in at a time. To do this, follow these steps: 
  1. Close Outlook.
  2. Start Registry Editor.
    • Windows 8

      Press the Windows logo key+R.
    • Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP

      On the Start menu, click Run.
  3. Type Regedit.exe, and then click OK.
  4. Locate the following key in the registry:HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\Outlook\Addins
  5. Double-click to open the first subkey.
  6. Click New, and then click DWORD Value.
  7. Type RequireShutdownNotification, and then press Enter.
  8. Double-click RequireShutdownNotification, type 1 in the Value data, and then click OK.
  9. Repeat steps 6 through 8 for each subkey under the Addins key.
  10. Start Outlook, change the Compact Navigation options, and then restart Outlook.
  11. If the customizations are saved, delete the RequireShutdownNotification registry value from the first add-in subkey under the Addins key. If the customizations are not saved, leave the RequireShutdownNotificationregistry value set to 1, and then move to the next add-in subkey in the Addins key.
  12. Start Outlook, change the Compact Navigation options, and then restart Outlook.
  13. If the customizations are saved, delete the RequireShutdownNotification registry value from the add-in subkey under the Addins key. If the customizations are not saved, leave the RequireShutdownNotificationregistry value set to 1, and then move to the next add-in subkey in the Addins key.
  14. Repeat steps 12 and 13 until you complete testing all the add-ins.

Note Some add-ins are loaded from the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE registry hive. Use the same steps, but then check the following registry key at step 4:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Office\Outlook\Addins
If you have a 32-bit version of Outlook or Office installed on a 64-bit version of Windows, navigate to the following registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Office\Outlook\Addins
If you cannot narrow down the specific add-in that is causing the conflict, you can globally enable shutdown notifications for all add-ins. To enable global shutdown notifications, follow these steps:
  1. Start Registry Editor.
    • Windows 8

      Press the Windows logo key+R.
    • Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP

      On the Start menu, click Run.
  2. Type Regedit.exe and click OK.
  3. Locate the following key in the registry:HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Outlook\Options\Shutdown
    Note Manually create any registry keys or values if they do not exist.
  4. Click New, and then click DWORD Value.
  5. Type AddinFastShutdownBehavior, and then press Enter.
  6. Double-click AddinFastShutdownBehavior, type 1 in the Value data box, and then click OK.
  7. Close Registry Editor.
Note If an add-in still conflicts with the Compact Navigation settings after you follow the workaround steps, we recommend that you contact the add-in vendor.

More Information

Microsoft Outlook 2010 introduced changes to help Outlook shut down faster. These changes are discussed in the following Microsoft Developer Network article:
Some add-ins may still conflict with the Compact Navigation settings even after you follow the steps in the "Workaround" section. If this occurs, disable the add-in or multiple add-ins temporarily while you set the desired Compact Navigation settings. To temporarily disable one or more add-ins, follow these steps:
  1. Click File, then click Options, and then click Add-Ins.
  2. In the Manage list, click COM Add-Ins, and then click Go.
  3. Clear one or more of the add-ins in the list, and then click OK.
  4. Restart Outlook.
After you set your Compact Navigation settings, restart Outlook. Then, enable the add-ins by following the same steps. However, at step 3, click to select the add-ins that were not selected the first time.
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Article ID: 2977974 - Last Review: 12 Jul 2014 - Revision: 1

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