How to disable or turn off the Panning Hand cursor in Outlook 2007

If you’re using Outlook 2007 and you have a mysterious “Panning hand” cursor that won’t let you select text in an email, and want to turn it off, but can’t find the option, here’s how:


  1. Click the Customize Quick Access Toolbar pull down:
  2. Choose “More Commands…”
  3. In the next window, click the drop down box and choose “Commands not in the Ribbon”
  4. Scroll down until you find “Panning Hand” and then click “Add »”
  5. Click OK.
  6. The Hand will now appear in the toolbar.
  7. Click the Hand to disable Panning Hand
  8. You can now select/copy/highlight text 😀


Update: For Outlook 2010, try pressing the “Esc” key on your keyboard.


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