Default tab taking control in Outlook 2010

Greetings Experts,

I have a problem with Outlook 2010 objects (messages, appointments, tasks) defaulting to the first tab rather than the second.   For example in an appointment, the first tab is "File", but it is "Appointment" that contains the most used menu items.  What's worse, every time I edit the appointment it reverts back to "File" after *each* edit is applied.  I have been using Outlook for many years and this just started a couple weeks ago.  I don't have time for this, not to mention my aching shoulder.  Can you help?

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Clark KentSoftware Engineer cum BloggerCommented:

For such an issue, you can reset your ribbon settings. To do so, you can follow the below mentioned steps:
1. Move to the calendar tab.
2.Right click on the tab you are facing problem with.
3. click "Customize the ribbon" option.
4. Customize ribbon window will appear on the screen. There you will find a "Reset" option.Select the option and proceed further by clicking "Ok".

This will set your default setting again. And hopefully this will help you solving the discussed issue.

Clark Kent
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I don't entirely understand. New Items does not move around.

If the reset above does not work, try doing an Office Repair from Control Panel, Programs and Features.
NonComposMentisAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys --

Clark, I followed your procedure to no avail.  I found the reset button; it just didn't change anything.

John, what you show is the master Outlook ribbon.  I am speaking of individual objects or forms.  For example this is one of my "appointments" in its current default state.  
FormatA.jpgNote that every time I make an edit (like change it from "busy" to "free" or change the reminder lead time), it reverts to the above and I have to consciously click on "Appointment Series" to make the next edit.  It REVERTS TO THE ABOVE STATE EVEN JUST CLICKING AWAY from the appointment (e.g. to some other application).  I could not even have gotten the next screen clip if I had not had Outlook in a VM and used the host's snipping tool to capture it.

So here is what I'm sure I USED TO see by default, and what certainly I was able to STAY ON during editing.  I get there by clicking the tab "Appointment Series".
Any other ideas?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
My Outlook does not work the way you want but I have no issue with how it works.

Try doing an Office Repair to see if that fixes your issue.

It also may be that Office Updates (dozens in the last 60 days) have changed the default behaviour.
NonComposMentisAuthor Commented:
John, I tried Office Repair to no avail.  My most recent VM snapshot is 5/2/2015.  When I get some time (hopefully soon), I'll try reverting.  I'll let you guys know how it worked.  Then if the "bug" crawls back in, it was probably an Office Update like you said.
NonComposMentisAuthor Commented:
Fixed It!  All I did was double-click the tab I wanted to stay on.

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I wonder if updates have changed how this worked for you. All along my system has been working properly.
NonComposMentisAuthor Commented:
The expert comments taught me things about Office I didn't know before, but did not lead to an actual solution.  I'm still giving my "coaches" each an "assist".  I suspect the reason they never thought to suggest my solution themselves is that they never imagined there could be someone on Experts Exchange so ... well ... non compos mentis.

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