Even "minimized" reading pane header is still too tall
When reading pane is set to "bottom", the header area of the reading pane is much too tall. Even when it's set to the "minimized" height, it still takes so much height that I can't see enough content in the message list and reading pane.
On my 1800px-high screen, there's 270px between the bottom of the message list and the top of the reading pane content. That 270px could increase the number of visible messages in my message list by 60% if it wasn't wasted on useless header content.
Here's some ideas :
1) put reply/forward/reply-to buttons on the same line as From:, and To:
2) Allow users to permanently hide the "if there are problems with how this email is displayed..." warning for HTML email. This wastes a line on almost every mail I get from external users!
3) reduce the margins between the bottom of the email list and the top of the header, and the top of the header and the message content. Both are very spacious now, but probably don't need to be so tall.
4) Consider an option to hide the header completely! After all, the header content is already duplicating what's in the message list, why not make the reading pane really a reading pane, with 100% of the space used for reading?
Does Microsoft actually monitor this feedback? People have been asking for the same fix for over three years and it's still a problem. Suggests to me that Microsoft doesn't actually care about its end users.
So much wasted space! Just make it like old Outlook 2010 - the reading pane header was perfect in that. Honestly the entire layout of Outlook 2010 is leaps and bounds better than this 2016 style...but one thing at a time.
This new UI is awful! On a standard laptop the height is an enormous waste of valuable real estate. Why move the buttons so that they are different tab strokes. This should at least be something that can be customized back to the fully functional UI. It's very annoying and a complete time-waster in trying to figure out that all of the options for making it work for the user don't even exist. Forcing this on the paying users is really crummy!
Between reading pane HUMONGOUS header and the wasted space above the message list, reading pane is useless on my laptop screen., and it makes for tedious and disjointed workflow
Colleen Johnson commented
Huge waste of space and very annoying
Huge waste of space!
too large, takes up way too much space with info not needed so big
feature is needed to turn off the initials/photo icon, the reply/fwd etc buttons and make the header of bottom reading pane very small
You Microsoft guys may think that the outlook mail header is perfect and provides the best user experience. This may be the case for 50-65% of people.
But there are millions of people that would appreciate more flexibility in configuring the mail header.
Even in Compact mode it takes tooooo much space and every information and function is duplicated in the mail header.
It would be great and would be appreciated, if the mail header could be deactivated or minimized to one line of text.
Another unsatisfied Customer here, my company obliged me to switch to Office13/Windows10. The software engineers did not carry out any field tests by the looks of things....huge headers, blurry text, etc. grrrrrrr
Spacing between buttons are huge, mandatory spot for profile pictures, heading size not adjustable.
Trying to shrink text size to 7 to gain more space so more will be visible. Turned out to be useless because with text size shrunk, spacing between the rows and headings remained the same and not automatically adjusted accordingly.
Back in the days, you buy a newer bigger monitor with higher resolution so you can see more. Now it doesn't matter if you're 4K or 1600x1200 you still seeing the same thing.
If you want to introduce new interface because you assume everyone is touchscreen or using tablet/phones, at least keep the classic interface. I prefer productivity over visual improvement because having background color same as the windows color without any boarder makes everything look fused together.
Make improvements, not stupid useless visual changes that goes backward. The loss of "Apply" button is already regrettable because if you did something wrong, the effect is immediate. But why changing font size for column isn't effective immediately and you need to click out just to see if you like it? Selective improvements?
Unfortunately Outlook etc has just been rolled out to my work computer today. Irritates me to see a product that had great features and was perfectly fit for purpose be taken backward, with functionality and practicality removed, to satisfy some idea of what is supposed to be visually appealing (to whom I don't know!). This has disappeared from the realm of useful business tool. Header when using reading pane at bottom of screen is ridiculously large, with repeated information such that it is impossible to see any text of the message....so defeats the purpose of having it at all!!!! On top of that the attachment information takes up more space on the screen, and doesn't even show the full title of the document as it used to, so you need to hover over it to see the full title....an absolute nightmare not just the wasted space from unnecessarily showing attachment info in the header in the reading pane, but when trying to identify a particular document from an email that contains a number of attachments with similar names, that you can't pick it out at a glance, you need to hover over each one individually to make sure you grab the right one. Both of these issues, plus the horrible overall look of the product, make this a dog of an application which will certainly reduce my work productivity. I have no choice but to use this product in my large global company, otherwise I would be steering clear. All I can say is What The Microsoft, What The. Get your act together.
Michael A. commented
Agreed. Stop eliminating capability and wasting space.
PLEASE bring back the small attachment symbols & name! I don't need that huge block for each attachment, but I DO need to see what's in the email message below it!
Also, I agree with others that the sender's image and large subject are unnecessary and a waste of scarce screen real estate. Too often I have to work on my laptop screen instead of large double- and triple-monitor configurations, and I can't see what I need to function with these unchangeable huge items.
Eakins Oxley commented
Please fix this. I have to print some emails because the header takes up so much space I can't read the entire message.
This is such a massive need and easy fix! I'm also desperate for a solution! Where are the Microsoft layout engineers??
Amanda Aker commented
I cannot read my email on my laptop with the large font size subject line, huge attachment blocks, and redundant Reply buttons.
I considered changing the reading pane to a Right view, but I have too many column sections/add-ons that I bounce between for that method to work. The reading pane's Subject line/To/Attachments takes up the most real estate and provides the least amount of information. I can't even see most of the subject line with this font.
Glenda Castillo commented
Absolutely agree ... Love your option #4 ... Add option of closing the header space altogether right next to the minimize arrow ...Maybe a little "x" next to the arrow.
Every American commented
Couldn't agree more. Outlook is archaic, but the wasted space in the preview pane undermines the whole intent of a preview pane. Microsoft doesn't care about their customers.
Greg Trapp commented
The new modified email header is huge. Why do I have to give up so much screen real-estate to it. Make it the same size or even smaller than it was before.
Unbelievable that this still has not been addressed. I can't wait until some upstart makes MS pay for it's laziness.