By adding all commands that you frequently use, you can rely completely on the Quick Access Toolbar and keep the Ribbon completely minimized without having to use it much at all. This allows you to recapture the large amount of real estate that the Ribbon occupies.
1. Open Windows Live Mail.
2. You will find the Quick Access Toolbar at the very top of the application. You can keep it there or move it beneath the Ribbon by clicking the dropdown arrow at the end of the Quick Access Toolbar and selecting Show below the Ribbon. While you will see an option to Minimize the Ribbon, don’t select it just yet, the Ribbon is still needed to complete the customization of the Quick Access Toolbar.
3. The Quick Access Toolbar gives you a list of commands that you can easily add by clicking the dropdown arrow and selecting the command, these include New, Save as File, Delete, Reply, Print, Previous, Next, and Update all.
4. Since it is doubtful that such a small list of commands can replace the Ribbon, you can add any command that is on the Ribbon to the Quick Access Toolbar by right-clicking the command on the Ribbon and selecting Add to Quick Access Toolbar. Repeat this action for every Ribbon command that you wish to have access to.
5. Once you have finished adding all of your commands, go back to the dropdown menu for the Quick Access Toolbar and select Minimize the Ribbon since you really don’t need it anymore and you can regain the space that it took up for displaying more of your email stuff.