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.
This would be one of the most useful features of Outlook. Did someone decide it was too much to maintain? Or that no one used it? Very bad marketing. The lack of this feature greatly reduces the usefulness of Outlook.
Microsoft, please consider the fact that everyone who arrived at this site and left a comment (or voted) had to go through the process of (1) Googling for how to get this feature enabled, visiting site after site, only to find out that it's no longer supported... then, follow a link to a Microsoft site for suggestions. How many hours of productivity do you think have been used *RESEARCHING THIS LOST FUNCTIONALITY*? I don't play the dev card often, but if I was Product Owner on Outlook, we'd be having a meeting this week to consider a hotfix.
Valerie Fogg commented
Agree with comments about autopreview - this only needs to apply to Unread messages, otherwise Inbox is cluttered. Please bring this feature back - we are about to roll out 2016 in our firm and I know people will complain bitterly about this. Also finding the themes hard to read - what used to be black text now appears as a wishy washy grey, with borders hard to see and so really ******* the eyes. Microsoft please include some better options!
Come on MS, why do this? Are you being paid by the click these days? Because that's what your new system feels like. It's less efficient in so many ways.
How hard is it to understand that I (and many others) don't want to preview read messages - we've already *read* them! With preview on for unread only it's easy to triage my inbox each day. Please, bring back this option.
Panagiotis Nikas commented
Trying to addapt from Outlook 2010 to 2016 what a lost of time and frustration. Some times I wonder how does MS cross check usefulness of a function in its application... simply put a step backwards.
Most missing function the preview for unread messages only.... speechless!
When using conversation view, the unread messages in the thread are completely off the bottom of the window (if the thread is long enough). It should position so that the oldest unread message is visible without scrolling.
I can no longer sort emails with one right click. Instead, I have to select a drop down on the right and use multiple clicks. Why was this done?
Paul Adams commented
I am using Microsoft Outlook within Office 365 ProPlus, and was recently automatically updated to Version 1704 (Build 8067.2115). I am using Windows 7.
Prior to this update, I could right click on the title bar in my email list (Inbox) and it would provide a list of different ways to sort emails.
I use this very frequently to locate emails from specific individuals or based on dates or attachment sizes.
As of the new build, the ability to right click on this bar has been removed; in its place is the less convenient functionality of clicking a button that says "All" with a downward arrow, and selecting an "Arrange By" submenu.
I think this is strictly an oversight by Microsoft in removing convenience and adding more clicks for a highly used function.
Can Microsoft please revert back to the previous way of changing sort criteria in the next build?
Also, after arranging by From, selecting an email to view in the Reading Pane, and re-arranging by Date, I am unable to drag the scroll box to the top to get back to the most recent emails - it glitches and won't navigate to the top of the scroll bar, the scroll box just jumps back to the original position. I have to restart Outlook to be able to properly navigate the email list by date again. This is a glitch, and hopefully will be resolved by a full reinstall.
Fully agree with comments below. Bring back the preview on Unread Message ONLY. It was a great feature. Very Frustrating the Microsoft takes away feature and yet adds completely unnecessary BS.
Mark LaGrange commented
E-Mail - why was the "Arrange By" and sort toggle replaced with a drop-down, fly-out menu, that leave no indication of the current setting? Who thought THAT was a good idea???
Calendar - the colors are ridiculous. It looks like something for children.
To-Do Bar - before, once it was selected, it acted as a slider. Now, it has to be selected or deselected from the View menu. And the Calendar option tells me "you have nothing scheduled for the next 7 days", when I actually do.
In all areas, the borders between sections and items are so faint, I can barely see them.
Office has been getting worse & worse with every new release since 2003, but 2016 is really bad. Thank goodness the other O2010 components are still on my laptop; I have gone back to using them. But I can't go back to OL 2010. Really bad...
Here’s a workaround originally posted by AYColumbia, then modified:
• In Outlook 2013, click “Folder” | “New Search Folder”
• At the bottom, select Outlook file beside “Search mail in:”
• Under “Custom”, click “Create a custom Search Folder”
• Click “Choose…” To specify criteria
• Name the folder, eg “Inbox-unread only”
• Click “Criteria…”
• Click “More Choices” tab
• Check box “Only items that are: unread”
• Click “OK”
• Click “Browse…”
• Select “Inbox”
• Click “OK”, “OK”, “OK” – will build new folder
• Click View | Message Preview | 3 Lines | This folder
• Right click new folder under “Search Folders”
• Click “Show in Favorites”
• Can drag up (I have Inbox in Favorites too)
You can change/add search criteria by right clicking the new folder, then “Customize This Search Folder…”. I find Received last month or this month under Advanced search criteria helpful.
When you open & close a msg. in this new folder, the msg. will remain in the folder until you open another folder. To differentiate Read vs. Unread msgs. in this new folder, use Conditional Formatting to assign a different color to each.
Because of this, I have to keep Outlook 2010 while upgrading the rest.
Probably the best feature of Outlook. These decisions might have been made by those not really using outlook or not understanding some of the workflows. It's simple... Once you read, no need of preview. Find unread, look for ones with preview. Please bring back ASAP so I can upgrade.
This was one of the best features in previous versions. Great way to manage the inbox.
It is not easy to tell the difference between read and unread messages with out it. What were you thinking!!!!!
Please, pretty please, bring this feature back.
Must have feature - bring it back ASAP!
Why would you remove this feature? Bring it back. Having 3 line previews of mail I've already read is a waste of space, but previewing the mail I haven't read yetto see if i want to bother to read the rest of it makes sense.
Exactly! whats up with that. I just got outlook 2016, and I'm missing the preview for unread only feature already. I had to shut it off, it took up too much space previewing all the emails.
Why oh why does stuff like this get removed!
Please bring it back.
Please, Please bring it back
Agreed, loss of auto-preview for unread only, and new color scheme make this update an overall downgrade.
MS, if you're listening, fix this, or tell us why you can't. Maybe lost a patent lawsuit?