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  1. Show/hide headers button on long email threads

    Provide the option to show or hide the email headers within a long thread of emails.

    Often, in long emails, the actual messages can be a single line but the header of each message is at least five (From, Sent, To, Cc, Subject) lines. When reviewing a long thread, the reader has to "skip" past the headers to read the text. Would speed up reading emails significantly by removing this repeating, low value header information for many emails.

    3 votes
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    • Separate conversations with same subject

      I get web contact submissions in my email that always have the same subject line so they all get grouped into one conversation. I also sometimes have customers email me with common subject lines like "Invoice." I would like to have the option to manually break messages apart into separate conversations. Better yet, I would also like Outlook to recognize that an email with an already existing subject line that originates from a completely different sender is a completely different conversation.

      7 votes
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      • Provide a 'Reading Pane' ON|OFF, default facility

        Provide a dialog to set the Default for the Reading Pane to be ON or OFF. I would expect this dialog to be available from the Backstage | Options | Mail | Outlook Panes | Reading Pane.. set of selections.

        8 votes
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        • "New" Conversation view issue

          When using the new conversation view, if I reply to an email thread and hit send, the message is not updated with the reply. I have to force a refresh by clicking out and back on the message to see the reply.

          3 votes
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          • Add read aloud to Outlook

            Please add the accessibility feature of read aloud to Outlook, similar to the new feature in Word.

            4 votes
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            • panning hand in preview pane

              Please make the panning hand button available in the quick access toolbar in the main window.

              1 vote
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              • Auto-adjust Reading Pane depending on the orientation of the monitor Outlook is running on.

                I have a laptop and a multi-monitor wide-screen setup with one of my monitors setup in a portrait orientation. When I have Outlook opened on this monitor I like to have the Reading Pane set to 'Bottom' for the best use of space and when I undock my laptop, have it set to 'Right'. Right now I am changing this manually and thought it would be nice if it auto switched depending on which monitor Outlook is opened on.

                2 votes
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                • Customize preview pane font in Outlook 2016

                  Option to increase the font size globally for preview pane.We have to set it mail by mail. It would be much easier if we had an option to set it (for example 120%) once rather than mail by mail

                  23 votes
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                  • Allow user to copy hyperlink when right-clicking an embedded button in an email

                    When reading an email, if a hyperlink is in text form, the user can right click and then Copy Hyperlink. However, if the hyperlink is associated with a button, when the user right clicks he or she can only Copy or Save as a Picture.

                    Please add Copy Hyperlink to the right-click menu in this situation.

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                    • Font and font size changes in Notes of Outlook 2016

                      Restore font and fontsize changes to Outlook 2016 Notes.

                      22 votes
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                      • Provide an option to lock view setting for the email list in Microsoft Outlook 2016

                        Provide an option to lock view setting for the email list in Microsoft Outlook 2016 with custom sorting etc. for the folder pane, email list pane, etc. preventing them from getting upset if accidentally clicked on a header e.g. the received column or email size etc.

                        3 votes
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                        • Provide Tamil in Microsoft Outlook 2016 as a translation language

                          Provide Tamil in Microsoft Outlook 2016 as a translation language.

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                          • Provide an email previewer for the .EML mail format in Microsoft Outlook 2016

                            Provide an email previewer for the .EML mail format in Microsoft Outlook 2016 for better accessibility of emails imported from other mail systems.

                            7 votes
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                            • Provide an option to dial Lync call from email in Microsoft Outlook 2016

                              Provide an option to dial Lync call directly from email in Microsoft Outlook 2016.

                              8 votes
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                              • Tagging a recipient @mentions should be highlighted in reading pane

                                If I type a long email and tag a contact with a question or statement further down in the email, when they receive the email, the line(s) where I tagged that person should be what they see in the message summary in their inbox. This calls their attention to the email and lets them know they are being asked or told something directly.

                                23 votes
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                                • @-Mention formatting

                                  Love the new @-mentions idea.

                                  For better visual discovery on the recipient end, how about a formatting option to configure how @-mentions directed at me will appear in my reader? Maybe when I'm mentioned, I'd like to see my name in style font point size+5, lime green, bold, so that it stands out in my reader.

                                  15 votes
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                                  • Fix the Home > Filter Email > Unread filter

                                    The Unread filter doesn't work. It puts "isread:no" into the search box, but that's not the right command (should be "read:no"). Also, when using "read:no", Outlook does not respect the Mark As Read When Selection Changes setting as of 6/13/16, for me. It was working before the last update. I don't want the emails to be marked read unless I manually do it, Outlook is marking them when the selection changes.. even though it's disabled, and it doesn't do it when no filter is applied.

                                    12 votes
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                                    • Default Zoom settings for all emails

                                      Ability to set the default zoom level for all messages being read without having to change it for each individual message.

                                      370 votes
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                                      • Read receipts

                                        Please put the read receipt function back on Outlook.

                                        21 votes
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                                        • Option to retain the text size when using the Zoom feature in reading pane after moving to next email in Microsoft Outlook 2016

                                          Option to retain the text size when we use the zoom feature in Microsoft Outlook 2016 even after moving to another email as currently it reverts to the default 100%.

                                          33 votes
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