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  1. Search At The Top Option

    Please allow users to choose whether to use Search at the Top or keep the search bar in the legacy location.

    https://support.office.com/en-us/article/search-at-the-top-96fee452-80cd-492d-a35c-5c37584b416b

    3,449 votes
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    1639 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you to everyone who provided feedback through UserVoice, Coming Soon, in product feedback, and on related blog posts.
     
    We investigated adding an option to support search in the old location. Unfortunately, at this time we cannot support making the search box location configurable. Future Microsoft Search updates are incompatible with the old location. There is also significant risk in maintaining the old search component due to increased complexity that leads to a higher rate of bugs. As one of the most used controls in Outlook making sure that we provide a stable and reliable search experience is one of our top priorities.
     
    While it won’t address the feedback of having the search box in a new location, we do have fixes coming soon to address specific feedback about the new control. The first fix to arrive will be adding back the right click Copy\Paste menu. After that…

  2. Warning Before Replying All to Many

    Many folks reply all to a mass email, providing feedback like "Great Job" or "Look forward to this" to hundreds of employees instead of the responsible party. There should be a warning that asks you if you are sure to send this email to 13,000 people at once? This would be a fail safe for when people hit reply all instead of reply.

    529 votes
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    19 comments  ·  Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We are declining this feature request because there is existing functionality in Outlook for Windows to help users know they are replying to a lot of recipients via MailTips, https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/outlook-mailtips-options-7839a4ac-e45f-4289-a127-4ce702bedcc2?ui=en-us&rs=en-us&ad=us.

    In addition, The Exchange Team is rolling out Reply All Storm Protection to help block subsequent replies to a thread that’s generating a reply all storm, https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/exchange-team-blog/reply-all-storm-protection-in-exchange-online/ba-p/1369811.

  3. Move the search box in the title bar to the right-hand side so search box doesn't cover over results

    The search box in the latest update covers over the list of emails in the search result with the "recent searches" drop-down.

    This is horribly inconvenient, and the search box will be better served by being in the right-hand side where it's not in the way.

    77 votes
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    10 comments  ·  User Interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Placement over message list is optimized to reduce mouse travel. Optimizations have been made so the suggestions window should dismiss whenever the user presses enter or clicks the search button and should not be covering results. It will cover prior results while new search terms are entered as part of a follow up search.

  4. Provide a feature or an option to revert to the old Outlook user interface in Microsoft Outlook 2016 prior to being modernized.

    Allow an option to revert to the old Outlook user interface in Microsoft Outlook, as the latest revision (today) has added a lot of white space(wasted as well as Reply, Reply All and Forward along with the Accept, Decline etc are in a different position and seems like too far to the right that I find unhelpful and uses valuable screen and are not user-adjustable. This had been shown in the "try the new features" button, but I for one turned it off as it was annoying - unfortunately you have pushed it on all users, business and home. It…

    625 votes
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    126 comments  ·  White Space and Design  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We have updated the user experience in Outlook for Windows after extensive customer research and validation. This is now the default experience for all Office 365 monthly channel subscribers. You can read more about all the details here, https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/outlook-blog/outlook-for-windows-rolls-out-its-simplified-user-experience/ba-p/653734.

    The tools that are available to personalize the experience include: an option to Use Tighter Spacing on the View tab of the ribbon for those who prefer tighter visual density, as well a setting in Options to turn off yellow highlighting of flagged items in the message list and the Simplified Ribbon remains optional, and customizable.

  5. Allow to revert to the old Ribbon icon set in Outlook 2016

    Allow to revert to the old Ribbon icon set in Outlook 2016 especially in Enterprise scenario.

    1,880 votes
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    794 comments  ·  Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for your feedback. Office has hundreds of millions of people who rely on it every day to do their best work. Customers have a wide range of hardware, including displays that can’t faithfully reproduce all colors or provide good contrast so what may be clear in one device can be hard to see in another, or even the same device in a room with different lighting conditions.

    The last major update to the Office icons was in 2013, and since we’ve heard a lot from customer feedback as well as participated in emerging industry best practices for how to improve the accessibility of iconography. The new icons you see on Office 365 reflect these learnings – our intent is to balance all these diverse visual and hardware needs to provide the best experience to as many customers as possible.

    We know big visual changes can be disruptive, and…

  6. Stop prioritizing O365 for Autodiscover

    After the release of 16.0.6741.2017, the Click 2 Run (C2R) version of the Outlook client for the PC is prioritising O365 for Autodiscover queries above all other Autodiscover methods (SCP, HTTPS root domain etc).

    This causes problems for customers who aren't using O365 for mail service, especially if either of these conditions are true:


    1. The user has a mailbox in the O365 service which is not being used. This can occur if the user has inadvertently had an Exchange license assigned.

    2. The user has a personal Office subscription but has used their business email address to configure it.

    Outlook prompts…

    131 votes
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    6 comments  ·  Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We cannot fulfil this request as we will continue to optimize for the Office 365 experience. The supported implementation of Autodiscover is documented here, https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/3211279. Any ongoing changes and improvements will be documented in the article. We appreciate your feedback and take every request with consideration, whether we can move forward with it or not.
    -Outlook Team

  7. bring back clutter folder

    I loved how clutter sorted out my mail the new focused system is NOT the same and I would like to bring back the clutter folder as an option

    266 votes
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    92 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for your feedback. We are moving forward with Focused Inbox as the way to separate our the more important and urgent mail from the rest. We are actively working to make Focused Inbox better every day. Focused Inbox can also be tailored to individual preferences by using “Always Move to Focused” and “Always Move to Other.” Lastly, Focused Inbox can be always be turned off if it does not meet your needs.

    For more information see: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Outlook-Blog/Update-on-Focused-Inbox-and-our-plans-for-Clutter/ba-p/136448

  8. Edit Offline for SharePoint libraries synced to Outlook

    The Office team is planning to deprecate the "Edit Offline" functionality for SharePoint documents synced to Outlook. Our telemetry shows that this functionality is infrequently used, but we wanted to provide an open forum for users to provide their feedback on this change.

    We recommend you sync SharePoint libraries to your computer using the OneDrive sync client, which does let you edit offline and saves your changes to SharePoint once you go back online. Link to learn more about syncing SharePoint files with the OneDrive sync client: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Sync-SharePoint-files-with-the-new-OneDrive-sync-client-6de9ede8-5b6e-4503-80b2-6190f3354a88

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