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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 honestly I don't find it helpful at all), because I'd have to constantly toggle back and forth between unread mail and all mail. Instead, I just want to see my inbox in a space-efficient way.

For conversation view, AutoPreview (if limited to unread messages) should show the most recent unread message, *not* the most recent message which may be read.

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        How is this not an active feature when it was in the past? Why would functionality go BACKWARDS in this regard? Here's another vote for it.

      • Mark Harsen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Microsoft! Stop ignoring us and implement this simple feature! You are burning lots of good will because you keep ignoring us!

        Being able to quickly preview new emails without being overly bothered by previously read ones (while still not ignoring them) is (okay WAS) a real gem of a feature that many of us structured our correspondences around. And you have taken it away for apparently no reason and fail to respond to the hundreds of requests here and likely thousands elsewhere. Why!? As a programmer myself, I know this feature would be trivial to implement.

        Please pay attention to us and restore this great feature!

      • Diana Lamb commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Why has it been two years and this feature is still not available? For those advanced users who get tons of emails a day. This is a crucial option. PLEASE MAKE THIS A PRIORITY TO RESTORE THIS FEATURE!!!

      • Amy T commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        As someone who gets over 100 emails a day it is imperative that this feature is brought back, it makes inbox management so much easier. Please listen to the people!!!

      • Carl commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Change preview font to monotype corsiva
        Font style to italic
        size to 1

        Gives an (awful but still the best I could find) experience somewhat close to having no preview at all, which is the way I prefer it.

      • Jon Fryer commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Why? Why would you remove this? It makes Outlook unusable in large mailboxes. Please bring it back as the most urgent fix possible.

      • anon commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please bring it back - was a great feature and is desperately needed

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I just upgraded today, and shed a tear when I read this. Please bring this feature back.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This feature needs to come back. This helped me organize what emails I need to come back to and preview of read messages is annoying.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I just got Outlook 2016 and came on to figure out how to do this. I too found it very helpful and convenient to do the preview for unread messages only!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Very inefficient use of screen space not to be able to turn auto preview on for UNREAD email only! I'm considering using another application besides Outlook for the first time.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Just got 2016 Outlook and hate that I can't auto hide preview lines on read messages. Please bring it back and soon.

      • Kelly commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        If I had known this feature was removed, I would not have had my tech team update my computer. I am going to ask them to change it back to 2010 before they "ghost" my old machine. Wow, what a colossal step back for mailbox efficiency!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Pls., give back the "Show Auto Preview only for unread messages"!!! This was really useful! Pls., pls., pls., pls., pls., pls......

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        First day on 2016. Frustrated beyond belief at this, even more so seeing that it's been a known issue for well over a year.

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