Support Dark Mode in Reading Pane
Please make the preview pane appear dark in dark mode. The current implementation hurts the eyes and is woefully inconsistent with the rest of the application appearance.
Thanks for the feedback! We are working on this.
Current Dark Mode support: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/officeupdates/release-notes-office-for-mac
How do you design for both light and dark mode in your email signature
Looks like the reading pane light/dark switch in dark mode is persistent now in today's new 16.29 update! thank you!
Please add an option that allow users to decide whether the reading pane be dark or light PERMANENTLY instead of switching in every single message!
I actually like the having the Preview Pane dark in Dark Mode. Please add the toggle switch for those who don't but please don't just make it white. I hate that when I create a new email the background is still white.
I'd also prefer a toggle to make the background Dark with White fonts for new email as well but have it sent with a White background with Black Fonts.
"I like my dark mode global EXCEPT the reading pane"
Totally agree. Please create an option to permanently just keep the reading pane light.
Brian Terhark commented
Would like to see an option for keeping Outlook reading pane in light mode, when running Outlook in dark mode. Thanks!
Tracy Floyd commented
This should not be as difficult as it appears. Please enable a global toggle to disable dark mode in the Reading Pane only. This was poorly conceived and shortsightedly omitted.
Chris Stowe commented
Just updated to 16.28 and still no toggle to permanently keep the message background light.... Aghhhhh! 😭
Lonnie J Thibodeaux commented
Please provide option to permanently disable / enable dark mode for the Reading Pane. My preference would be to have it disabled. Currently having to switch it for each message is a real pane and not intuitive at all, especially given the fact that if you navigate away from the message and then come back, you have to toggle dark mode off again.
Yep. Dark mode is a great addition, however, the reading pane should be able to be toggled permenantly one way or the other - irrespective of the dark mode setting.
I like my dark mode global EXCEPT the reading pane
I'm a designer FFS, I wouldn't create a print document in dark mode, when proofing edms it's horrible
It's great that you added the dark mode to the reading pane, I'm using it and enjoying reading mails much more now. The problem is that the UI while writing also should be dark in order to minimize eye-strain. Would be lovely if you could make the writing experience dark as well! Thank you.
Mike D commented
Joining the community - my computer just updated and now I'm having to deal with the same **** of dark background on all my emails. Someone really thought this was a good idea! What the **** people! Give us the option to toggle all emails one way or the other, not click a button for each email. So stupid....
The only thing you have to do is to make this toggle "Switch Background" button global, now every time you open an email settings turn to a default of Dark Background if you are using Dark theme.
This was a daft idea. We do NOT want the preview pane in dark mode. It looks terrible and makes reading far harder.
The reading pane in dark mode is the absolute worst. ! I love the dark mode for everything in Outlook except actually reading emails. No one designs emails or email signatures to be used on a dark background. What's next, making PowerPoint and Word backgrounds dark?
Lynn Grillo commented
Been clicking the "check for updates" button relentlessly in the hopes that a fix will be quickly released. This is driving me mad.
New dark mode is crushing my soul. Please let us permanently turn that off for email reading.
100% agree with the many comments about changing the reading pane back to white or giving users the ability to save that option once they click the sun/moon icon. I'm currently trying to decide what I value most; being able to view the email reading pane in white or my folders in black - I shouldn't have to make this decision - it was much better before!
Please allow the reading pane to be light for all emails while in dark mode. Having to switch manually on each email sucks.
+1 to all the people below asking for the should-be-obvious functionality of setting the default email background colour.