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?
Neuro Course commented
Microsoft has no idea what ergonomics means and what is good for eyes. New Office 365 design overall is terrible and makes vision to deteriorate. I feel that class action to pay medical bills for damaged vision should be appropriate.
how to reduce attachment icons? takes up so much space becomes difficult to read and write an e-mail. the purpose of outlook is writing and not showing all this headers and icons
Patrick Nijssen commented
I fully agree, it was frustrating to see less content in my email screen after installing the Office 365 update as a significant portion on the top of the screen was covered by the email header even after 'Use Tighter Spacing". Why?? A similar issue is present in the entry screen for calendar appointments. MS please optimise the screen volume for content..
I dont use Outlook because of this reason. I have a 15" laptop and screen space is valuable.
How much does it take Microsoft to make changes that people using there product are not happy with.
THE HEADER ON OUTLOOK EMAILS IS TO BIG.
Keith Anselm commented
Definitely - with reading pane on the bottom, it should be feasible to put this on two double-spaced or 1.5-spaced 12 point lines worth of height.
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.