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.
Rob Hodd commented
"Bring back the "Show AutoPreview only for unread messages" feature" - yes please, whay would anyoen want to remove it, so useful. Thanks.
Karen Vye commented
We're on the verge of being upgraded(?) to Windows 10 at work. I've had the same auto preview settings since I started 14 years ago and just discovered through playing around with the PCs that have already been updated, that I can't customise the new Outlook. I want my unread messages auto-previewed and in the colour scheme I've had all this time. That's the whole point! So annoying when they ditch stuff like this.
Not only that, but it's also not possible to set the font colour for the preview! I always used to have preview only enabled for unread messages, and blue for the preview text, and that made unread messages really easy to spot.
I'm really missing this feature, it's harmless to bring it back if you make it optional.
Absolute shocker that they got rid of this useful feature. I'm guessing there's no chance they'll bring it back given that it's been gone since 2013 but demonstrates total lack of customer focus
One of the best features to help identify and process the most important e-mails first. Bring it back PLEASE!
The developer that was supposed to put it in had the flu that day. "Two more lines of code saved - Woo Hoo! " Said the team... The QA folks were thrilled they did not have to write another test scenario. "Woo Ho!" said the QA folks. "Two lines of code saved and hours of testing eliminated - Woo Hoo!" said the group leader to which his section manager said "Woo Hoo! - Pass me the Kool Aid!" "Our cross functional team will love this" said the manager.
And so it was left out because they all drank the Kool Aid and no one could answer the question "What's in it for Microsoft if we put it in?"
I can't use outlook like this. I'm lost. You need to bring back this feature please!
Jessica Nelson commented
For the Office 360 Outlook too please!
This is most definitely top of my list of features needed back in Outlook!
bring it back PLEASE!!!!
Martin Morrison commented
Please bring it back! Along with "Access Data Collection".
I agree, this feature was very useful... our users really miss it!
[Deleted User] commented
Please bring this feature back, it is super useful for organising my outlook!!
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
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
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
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!!!
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
Why? Why would you remove this? It makes Outlook unusable in large mailboxes. Please bring it back as the most urgent fix possible.