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  1. Bring back sorting for All/Unread/Mentions and Arrange By quick sorting by Date, Size, etc.

    In the latest update the view change to consolidate to a singular "All" dropdown that allows you to choose between the former All, Unread, Mentions and then to easily Sort with Arrange By. For many users the expanded view is preferred and more easily accessible. If that could be made a view option, or a toggle feature I think that would be a functionality improvement

    Note from the Outlook Team: We have posted a Known Issue about this change with some explanation and possible solutions, https://support.office.com/en-us/article/All-Mail-and-Unread-Mail-tab-options-no-longer-show-in-Outlook-ecdfda13-bdc1-42e2-a77b-c18f6f291fe1?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US.

    645 votes
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    • Outlook should display Profile name in the title bar

      Outlook client should display name of the profile name in the title bar like it shows If I have 5 profiles and I load one of them, I never know which profile I am currently using.

      Believe this would be a really useful feature and hope to see it upcoming updates.

      35 votes
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      • Highlighting email from important sender

        Allow Outlook to highlight email from certain senders to indicate that the message is important, for all users.

        4 votes
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        • Option to choose color for non-working hours in calendar

          In the "colorful" theme (the only one that's in between white and extremely dark), it's nearly impossible to distinguish between my working and non-working hours, whereas there's a very clear difference in the dark themes.

          Please either let me choose my own color for non-working hours or just make the non-working hours darker so it's easy to tell the difference. I don't want to choose a super dark theme just to be able to see one thing.

          I'm going to experiment with setting up a recurring appointment for all of my non-working hours to see if I can "fix" the…

          4 votes
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          • Add action buttons to Toast notifications in Outlook

            The Mail app on Windows 10 has options for "Mark as Read" or "Delete" in the toast notification when new mail comes in - why doesn't Outlook 2016? This would be a great feature to add (especially if the actions can be customized)

            10 votes
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            • Provide a Bold line between months in Microsoft Outlook 2016 Calendar.

              In the Month view in Outlook 2016's calendar, provide a heavy border line separating the end of one month, and the beginning of another. Just bold font of the new month's day one label isn't easy to see. A rather heavy, solid line underneath the previous month, and then vertically between the last day of the previous month and the first day of the new month to mark the border between the two.

              29 votes
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              • Bring back Skype user status info inside popup form (instead of drill-down)

                In the latest update Skype info popup has been changed. Although it looks nice user now has to perform several clicks to see user Skype status. Before it was easy, you just had to put mouse pointer over user name to get user Skype/Lync status (Busy, Out of the office, Aways etc.).
                Checking user status is one for the most frequently used actions most Outlook users perform. It gets annoying to open popup for each user then press expand button and then repeat that like 10 times, specially when you want to check many users status quickly inside email To/From…

                3 votes
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                • show the date that you are up on the scroll bar (i think that used to happen)

                  when scrolling up and down the in or out box etc it would be good to see the approx date that you are at as a little box appearing adjacent to the scroll bar, perhaps i've missed something, but i think this used to happen or maybe i'm thinking of excel as this has the row number appearing on the scowl bar. it would be good to see the dates like that in outlook

                  1 vote
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                  • Please remember visited links so they are purple (or otherwise the Visited Link color) on future views of a message.

                    When I click a link in a message, by default it turns from blue to purple, but the next time I open that same message (or another message containing the same link) it's back to blue. Please persist the visited link status for at least a reasonable amount of time. (A year maybe? or perhaps 100k links? Text storage is cheap.)

                    3 votes
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                    • Add a Highly Visible Warning if Not Connected to the Server

                      Currently, if Outlook is not connected to the server there is just a tiny notification in the status bar at the bottom. Thus, you can sometimes go a few hours before noticing that something is wrong and, meanwhile, you've missed that highly critical email from your boss.

                      When outlook looses the connection - make the status bar yellow. If it's been more than a half hour - turn it red.

                      2 votes
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                      • Add image behind the email body

                        Adding an image behind the body of text in your email and being able to set as default when sending new email. be able to create in *.doc or similar.

                        2 votes
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                        • Disabled COM Add-ins window resizeable

                          The "Disabled COM Add-ins" window is not resizeable in Outlook 2013, making some text truncated, and the user must use the horizontal scroll bar to see all the content. This is clumsy.

                          1 vote
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                          • Provide a feature to set different colors for the account headers in Microsoft Outlook 2016

                            Provide a feature to set different colors for the account headers in Microsoft Outlook 2016 to set them apart visually.

                            18 votes
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                            • Add Picture Tools tab when composing a message in the main Outlook 2016

                              In order to access the Picture Tools tab, I first have to "Pop-out" my message to a new Window.

                              8 votes
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                              • Provide a feature to color email conversations to differentiate from single emails in Microsoft Outlook 2016

                                Provide a feature to color email conversations to differentiate from single emails in Microsoft Outlook 2016

                                11 votes
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                                • Provide a feature to make Working Offline Mode button appear in different color when hovered and when selected in Microsoft Outlook 2016

                                  Provide a feature to make Working Offline Mode button appear in different color when hovered than when selected in Microsoft Outlook 2016. If possible, it would be more beneficial if it is replaced by a small check box in the corner that is checked or unchecked whether or not working offline mode is enabled or disabled.

                                  6 votes
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                                  • Option to set default columns instead of having to change them for every folder in Outlook 2016

                                    Option to set default columns instead of having to change them for every folder in Outlook 2016

                                    5 votes
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                                    • New Meeting Reminder behavior in Outlook 2016

                                      Here are a few suggestions that I hope will be reviewed as a better implementation of the Outlook Reminder Window:

                                      1) Change Outlook's systray icon so it shows a triggered reminder by flashing and/or overlay with some indicator
                                      2) Use a new icon for #2
                                      3) Prevent reminder from appearing on top when full-screen application is running
                                      4) Configure the pop-up behavior based on type of meeting or response
                                      5) Use a different instance of the Reminder window so it has its own taskbar entry and does not get stacked underneath the Outlook application in the taskbar when the user…

                                      6 votes
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                                      • Provide Task bar option at bottom of mail window in Outlook 2016

                                        Task bar should show at bottom of the mail window. When the screen is rotated - the screen is not wide enough to show it well.

                                        3 votes
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                                        • Provide an option to restore both windows when Microsoft Outlook windows are minimized.

                                          Provide an option to restore both windows when Microsoft Outlook windows are minimized. As right now, when we minimize Outlook window and try to restore, only one of the open windows get restored. We have to close and re-open to get both Windows back.

                                          2 votes
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