You probably have noticed that most of the display options in the Navigation Pane are predefined and can't be changed. The Shortcuts area in the Navigation Pane is the place where you can place shortcuts to any group of Outlook folders you want. Unlike Favorite Folders, shortcuts can point to any type of folder.
The Shortcuts pane in the Navigation Pane was called the Outlook Bar in earlier versions of Outlook. If you upgraded from an earlier version of Outlook, your user-defined Outlook Bar Groups were imported as Shortcut Groups.
Shortcut Groups are used to organize folder shortcuts into related groups. Shortcut Groups can include ...