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  1. Include Additional theme options in order to provide a more pleasing color scheme

    The provided color schemes make it very difficult to distinguish folders

    315 votes
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  2. Provide ability to change the color of the reading pane or set background and text color for the reading pane

    The dark theme is great in Outlook, however the inability to change the background and text color of the reading pane make it almost painful.

    It would be fantastic to have the ability to configure the default CSS for the reading pain and text/html therein.

    521 votes
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  3. Spell check in automatic replies

    Please include spell checking function when authoring your automatic replies (out of office). There is currently no spell check running there.

    21 votes
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  4. Outlook should remember its windows sizes and positions

    When I open a new Windows inside Outlook for e.g. the Calendar or Tasks, pick a position for it and resize it according to my needs, it should be saved, so once those windows are closed and then reopened, I don't need to do this again.

    An older Office Version had this feature, but it seems to have been removed.

    Some details on this can be found here, please read the last statement from Jennifer from Microsoft.
    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/msoffice_outlook-mso_win10-mso_o365b/outlook-2016-open-in-new-window-doesnt-remember/62ef3d99-aeaa-4575-b033-fdee697421ff

    41 votes
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  5. The ribbion tool bar

    The ribbon tool bar is too large and taking up too much of my screen. Also the icons on the ribbon bar are too large. The colour range does not have enough choice. The older ribbon bar was much better on office 2010 and has gone south in my opinion. I hate the new ribbon bar and the feel of the system. The system is not an improvement over office 2010

    88 votes
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  6. Allow for rules to be executed after x number of days

    Add a new rule criteria that would allow rule actions to be performed after certain number of days.

    Ex. Move emails from HelpDesk@123.com to Helpdesk folder after 2 days of email date

    Ex. Delete emails from NotMyBoss@123.com after 15 days of emailed date.

    7 votes
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  7. Allow to "Customize the Ribbon" with drag/drop to improve it.

    When the "Customize the Ribbon" dialog box is open, I should be able to click and drag on the buttons in the actual ribbon of the normal Outlook button to rearrange the buttons. The current Ribbon Customize interface is not very intuitive and many ribbon sections cannot be customized further. For example the "Respond" section, or "Delete" section have a specific group of buttons. I can change the location of the group, but I cannot add/remove buttons within the group.

    Also in the earlier builds of Outlook you can easily customize ribbon from the right-click context menu, and the ability…

    26 votes
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  8. The "Keyboard Shortcuts: Customize Button" in Outlook 2016

    Office programs allow users to customize keyboard shortcuts in the "Customize the Ribbon" dialog window. Why doesn't Outlook? The "Keyboard Shortcuts: Customize" button is missing.

    19 votes
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  9. Please bring back the classic theme and more colors in Outlook 2016

    Please bring back the classic themes for Office 2016 like we had in Outlook 2003 and 2007. I

    I use the classic theme in Windows 7 and I would prefer to use that, than the current 4 themes currently provided in Office 2016.

    Why do I want this feature to come back? The classic theme is much easier on my eyes than the themes offered currently in Office 2016.

    Also, you must have more options to add color in outlook! I loved the dashboard of office 2007 and just upgraded to 2016 and it seems so sterile!

    Thanks,
    Chris

    74 votes
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  10. Provide an option to schedule Out of Office replies for multiple holidays / events in advance

    Currently I can only schedule my out of office for one occasion. Allow an option to pre-schedule multiple occasions. For example On July 3rd, when I set it up for 4th of July, allow me to schedule it for the Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanks Giving, Christmas, etc. That way I can set them up when I am not very busy. Also, provide an option to activate / deactivate them. We have 10 or so holidays, so allow a few more and provide 15+ schedule alternatives. Note: I think the common holidays should be default for everybody.

    270 votes
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  11. Allow changing of IMAP email address

    Before updating Outlook, was I able to easily change the email address for an IMAP account. With the latest update, the ability to change the email address on the account was removed and replaced with a static label. Please bring back the ability to change the email address, I use it frequently!

    24 votes
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  12. Provide an option or feature to color code different email accounts in Microsoft Outlook 2016

    Provide an option or feature to color code different email accounts in Microsoft Outlook 2016. In WIndows Live, we use to be able to color code the different email accounts we had on the desktop version. I want the same ability for the outlook desktop version.

    5 votes
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  13. How about fixing Outlook so that it retains the selected options!!!

    How about fixing Outlook so that it retains the selected options!!!

    51 votes
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  14. Add Clip Arts to Outlook 2016

    Please add Clip Arts to Outlook 2016

    5 votes
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  15. Email font size

    The font size of the email folders is waay too small. 2007 used to allow you to change the font size. Why did you remove it? I can't be the only person out there who would like to make the folder size larger without making everything on my computer bigger. Please make it so we can change the font size of the email folders. And the menu words. Why did you remove it?

    39 votes
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  16. Certified Electronic Signatures In Outlook 2016

    Addition of “certified electronic signatures” in Microsoft Outlook 2016 through internal documents or external documents to take the approvals easily even through smartphones. The access of this option must be linked to the mobile of the mailbox owner with a unique code number every time. Initially, these options prove beneficial and useful in all internal documents of any institutions and any external communication between institutions (companies, banks .... etc. ).

    8 votes
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  17. can you adjust your dictionary so that the English dictonary is UK english and not forcing american spellings

    can you adjust your dictionary so that the English dictionary is UK English and not forcing American spellings,

    4 votes
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  18. Allow Tabs for opening multiple folders; and then allow draging items (mail, cal, contacts, etc) to the tabs as you would a folder

    Allow Tabs for opening multiple folders; and then allow draging items (mail, cal, contacts, etc) to the tabs as you would a folder.

    Tabs would be at the top; and then if you wanted to drag an item like an email; if you dragged it to the tab; it would be as if you dragged it to that folder.

    4 votes
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  19. Access 2 Outlook accts without having to log out and log in to the other. Like a switcher like Facebook has.

    Access 2 Outlook accts without having to log out of one and log in to the other every time. Like an "account switcher" like Facebook has.

    3 votes
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