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  1. 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.

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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.

      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

        16 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.

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          • Font and font size changes in Notes of Outlook 2016

            Restore font and fontsize changes to Outlook 2016 Notes.

            17 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.

              2 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.

                  5 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.

                    6 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.

                      18 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.

                        13 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.

                          11 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.

                            309 votes
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                            • Read receipts

                              Please put the read receipt function back on Outlook.

                              15 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%.

                                32 votes
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                                • Allow deletion from new email notification pop up

                                  Allow users to delete an email via the new email notification that pops up like in older Windows versions along with an option to mark it as Read. This feature changed in Windows 10 and the delete function is no longer available.

                                  487 votes
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                                  • Bring back the "Show AutoPreview only for unread messages" feature

                                    Outlook 2010 had the ability to show Auto Preview only for read messages. Lack of this feature in Outlook 2016 dramatically reduces the number of mails that I can view without scrolling. For example, my Inbox today in Outlook 2016 shows less than half as many messages as the same Inbox in Outlook 2010.

                                    My work day usually involves 10-20 email conversations. Being able to see them all on the same page without scrolling is important to my efficiency at work. Please bring this feature back!

                                    The "Unread Mail" link above the messages list is not an acceptable substitute (and…

                                    556 votes
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                                    • Add Notes to inbox view

                                      Keep 'open item' emails in my inbox, and while we can categorize them to help them remember what's what, it would be *very* helpful if we could add a simple note to the Inbox view (i.e. without having to open the email), just saying "with John for review", or "sent to group, awaiting feedback", or "chase by Friday".

                                      Perhaps the 'comment' functionality from Office could work, with just a little speech bubble that opens when hovered over - this would make my life MUCH easier!

                                      76 votes
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                                      • Improve Word HTML rendering in email

                                        It's absolutely crazy that in Outlook 2016 we still can't use fundamental parts of the original CSS spec in HTML-based email templates. I'm specifically referring to float, padding, and background-image. It would also be nice to not have to build HTML emails using tables so that they can be responsive.

                                        It's fine by me if Outlook continues to use Word to create/author HTML-based emails, because that's what Outlook users are used to using. However, the display of incoming HTML-based emails should be rendered by a real HTML engine, not Word, especially if those incoming emails weren't originally created in Outlook/Word,…

                                        92 votes
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                                        • All Communications Visibilty

                                          Hello Dear,

                                          I am working for a multinational corporation and I have more than 17 years of working experience. I believe the future email communication will be tremendously more efficient among the member of the team members if the team members are able to see the communications of others in their emails. This will be a huge time and resource saving if employees can search communications over a special subject. Of course there would be privacy issues which can be limited with adding/removing some features. But Corporate world would have a huge benefit of this as the information cycles through…

                                          4 votes
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