Can I turn off 'common expression' highlighting?
When ever I type "welcome" (i.e., "he was not welcome in New York City" or "thank you", the webapp highlights it as though I have to do something or have selected something obscure. Whatever it is selling, I am not interested; it is distracting and useless. Please provide a way to turn it off. Thanks.
First off thank you for using outlook.com and for providing feedback! We totally understand that some users will love features that others don’t.
We for sure don’t want to force you to use this if you would prefer it to be disabled. In fact, you can disable it right now by following these instructions
1) Click on the Gear in the top right
2) Scroll to the bottom of the Quick Settings Pane and Select Full Settings
3) Under the Mail settings Select Compose and Reply
4) Here you will find Joyful animations. You can disable it and save it from there.
Hope this helps!
Skye Dale commented
Why is this a default?? I have spent the first hour here at work trying to get this off and I still cannot! With all these comments I can't believe it hasn't been changed??
joe mish commented
joyful expressions not wanted. un-checked the joyful expressions box and words are still highlighted in blue.
Stop hiding and burying the ways to turn this **** off. Either turn it OFF by default, or put an easy button for the 90% of us who don't want this **** interfering with our email. Good grief! GMail anyone???
Come on Microsoft! Turn this **** OFF by default and let those who want giddy animations turn it on. Like others on this thread, I've followed the instructions but my Outlook still wants to jump in with animations, change my message formatting and just basically annoy me to death.
My Google GMAIL works great... wait why am I even wasting my time? Just switch to GMAIL and problem solved!
I seriously hate this new feature. It is annoying. I turned it off.
This fix does not work. Please help.
Mike O'Sullivan commented
Please stop the automatic "emoji" creation when typoing certain characters. If I want to use an emoji I will select one - I don't want automatic emoji appearing everytime I type a : into an email. It's incredibly annoying and unprofessional.
I was finally able to find 'joyful expressions' and turned the feature off. I then opened a new email and typed the word "Thanks" which again was highlighted in blue. What the heck?! I turned this feature off! I then logged off, opened a new tab, got back into my email, verified the feature was off, typed the word "Thanks" in a new message and once again it was highlighted in blue. PLEASE get rid of this ANNOYING feature!!!
The instructions aren't as clear as they should be; I turned off quick suggestions and suggested replies while I was at it, but a Step 5) LOG OUT was required, to get any of them to take effect. When I returned, the highlighting was gone. Yo M$, it's just email, not facebook, not twitter, not google maps, it's email - and just like basic SMS on a phone, that's enough. No gimmicks, no distractions, no encumbrances, just plain old email.
I have the same problem. The highlighting occurs even though "Joyful Animation" was never turned on. After I saw Mr. Los's response, I tried cycling "Joyful Animation" on and off, but text still gets highlighted. Please explain how users can stop this highlighting from occurring. It is annoying.
Laurie dill-Kocher commented
Hello, This did not work for me. It is still highlighting the word thanks every time I type it. I have cycled off and on the joyful animations to not avail.
Terrible, this is why I will be moving away from outlook after 15+ years.
Evan Haynes commented
This "feature" is frustrating. Thanks for helping me find the obscure off button.
christopher newton commented
so Microsoft added a 'joyful expressions' functionality and assumed everyone wanted it.. and now we have to dig into the settings to disable it. Good job microsoft. Yet another reason why you only win by default.
Who decided this horrible feature of suggesting phrases to use is intelligent and useful? It is invasive, intrusive, creepy, obnoxious, and suggests there is a programmer who didn't have anything more intelligent or useful to do and wanted to cause stress.
Get rid of these blue letters when I send an email that suggest which phrase to use. It is such an invasion of private space.
How do I stop those obnoxious intrusive blue letters when I sent an email that suggest which phrases I should write?
It is beyond creepy to have these appear because it looks like someone is reading my emails. Am I too stupid to figure our which phrase to use? These are invasive, intrusive, inappropriate and just plain disturbing. I don't want anything second guessing me or suggesting what I should reply. It feels very creepy because it is Not Respecting My Privacy.
Detomaso Pantera commented
I concur with everyone else, what the heck were they thinking! I am an Outlook/Hotmail user since 1986 (I think), e-mail should be a function as a typewriter. If you want to draw a pretty picture on your letter use a writing implement like when we had to when we mailed a paper letter. If you want to be helpful fix the grammar and spelling errors thank you. This situation can be a nice feature to click a button and insert an emoji or expression in a document but it should not automatically do so It drove me nuts I hated it so much I got a Gmail account. My daughter used to replace the dot over the (i) with a small heart... cute, but not after you become legal age. In 20 years the 12-year-olds that don't know what a typewriter is for will use them as code so some incoherent curmudgeons like me can't read them. I just change the font to Klingon and send it for them today for fun.
Tonya Lorenz commented
I agree with all of the angry comments which deride this ridiculous feature. I too believe this is only appealing to teenagers and not adults and professionals, I too believe this should be disabled as the default, and I too experienced nothing but anger and frustration while trying to get it to SHUT OFF. Despite following the instructions, I spent over an hour mucking around trying to get the change in the setting to take. Quit, quit, quit, quit adding features like this until you've done an appropriate market analysis indicating it's something people want. The number of negative comments would suggest you didn't do this.
I also want to side with all the other commenters that this is an awful feature and should not be set as default.