I went to Tools -> Folder Options... and selected 'show common tasks in folders' under tasks.
It solved it. sorry.
hmm... I seldom even use the left pane. But after seeing the pane there for so damned long. It feels weird to not have it there.
"Never seem more learnt then the people you are with. Wear your learning like a watch and keep it hidden. Do not pull it out to count the hours, but give the time when you are asked."