Outlook Express 6 looks different after formating;


i have just been lead by the hand through my first formating, and am obviously doing the usual round of updating basic installs. with a minor learning disabilty, i'm very particular about which versions of browsers and clients etc i use, (i HATE changes to format)

everythings going as well as it could do when neither of us know 100% what we're doing (ignoring the corrupted Automatic Updater flap, lol) but i swear to god my email client (outlook express) looks different, and i'm getting very confused trying to google for an update.

my versions says it v6.00blah and i just about follow that there is no v7, and why. but why does my Outlook now look different to before?

i can see there was a service pack for IE6 with something for OE 6 in. did i missed installing that before upgrade to IE7? would i have managed to have upgrade to IE7 if i was missing this service pack? or has this missing SP got nothing to do with what i'm rambling about?

or is it likely that i'm waiting for some updates arrive? (i have Windows XP SP3 btw)

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purplepj--I have the latest version of OE for XP SP3.  It is version 6.00.2900.5512.  
There have been no meaningful changes to OE for a long time.  Updates have not affected OE's format.
Can you post a screenshot of the area that looks different?
P.S.  the service pack for IE6 is also from some time ago.  There was only one, SP1.  Having or not having it will have no effect on being able to install IE7.  And except for some small security issues OE did not change when you installed IE7.
purplepjAuthor Commented:

thank for that info.

have attached the screen shot. i can't describe exactly whats different, things just seem; smaller and squarer than i'm used to. i.e icons etc.

i know i have got to tweak some settings yet, but its such an overal change that it just seems like a different version.

purplepj--Your OE window looks pretty much like mine.  I do not have the Folder list, Contacts list or Preview Pane showing in mine.  If you want to make more room within the window, you can hide them.  If you want click View|Layout and uncheck those boxes.  However that wll not change the size of the OE window.  I assume you have dragged the edges of the window to make it as large as you want. And you may be able to make the icons larger if you want, by right clicking on a blank space in the Toolbar|Customize and changing the size from the drop down list at the bottom.

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purplepjAuthor Commented:

yep, i have resized and stuff. i must be imagining it, thanks for putting my mind at rest.

purplepj--You are welcome.  Sleep well tonight.
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