Display Modes for Density or Compact
isn't it possible to have more compact view? menus are taking lots of space in screen and way too annoying.
I again thank each and everyone of you for using Outlook.com and for providing all of your feedback. I wanted to let you know that as of today we have enabled Density settings. There are three modes which control how tight and how much information is shown on the screen.
To change the density settings click on the gear in the top right (settings). In the pane that opened you should see three setting Full, Medium and Compact.
Hope this helps address some of the concerns around white space :)
This layout is infuriating. The inability to adjust Inbox row height (v. font) is unacceptable. There is a entirely too much wasted space and reviewing multiple e-mails has become untenable. So much for Outlook; I have (hopefully temporarily) resorted to aggregating all of my mail in an alternate email solution until this gets fixed. If it takes too long, I will migrate away from office. Don't thank me for my patience, get the work done.
Metaphor: the new version is a first grade version. Remember the paper we got back in first grade, with big ruled lines, wide spaces between lines, and huge pencils that you practically had to lean on your shoulder? The old version was much more elegant.
No "work" is required, just allow us to revert to the previous (and better) version.
BTW, this problem is even worse in the web version, which is nearly impossible to read because there's way too much white space between folder names, individual emails in a list of emails, paragraphs within emails, etc.; and the use of a larger font for the sender also wastes huge amounts of space relative to the previous version. All of which could be solved by allowing us to simply revert.
[Deleted User] commented
The new layout is absolutely ghastly. Very user UNFRIENDLY. Please revert back to previous format that was sleek, compact and pleasing to the eye.
want return to numbered pages at bottom of screen so can easily scroll to past pages of e mails
Adverts totally un useful are occupying this space and i am not interested in any of them
Insufficient number of e mails on one page cannot get overview
what use are the coloured dots .
I FIND THE NEW PRESENTATION A RETROGRADE STEP AND NOW most times I USE E MAIL HAVE HAVE REVERTED TO CHOOSE TO USE THE BING FORMAT which maintains THE ORIGINAL a sensible layout
Leila Belhadjali commented
I understand you are working on it, and that's great, thank you. HowEVER, why the steadfast refusal to allow users to switch between classic and beta until you have finished the work to make this inferior version more usable? Between the waste of space and the ridiculous infinite scrolling, you have introduced a lot of inefficiency and frustration.
Hello. I found in Settings the option to turn of pictures / images for the sender. Thank you for including some options to let me customize my email. I turned off images because I think all the colors are distracting.
I'm not sure if I like the new changes overall. Frankly, I wish you would just pick a design and stick with it. It's annoying to have to re-learn a new layout. again and again But if you insist on making (questionable) changes, at least give us the options to customize our setting -- like with displaying or not displaying images.
However, there still seems to be too much space above an below the messages. This results in fewer messages shown on the screen. I'm not sure how to fix this, though.
This is the worst layout ever. THIS is worse than windows 8.
Juan Carlos Arevalo commented
The new Outlook version that popped up automatically is really not unser friendly. I can not have a big overview of all my emails and I need to scroll down constantly. It was not thought on users who have more than 5 emails flagged and or Pinned.
I wish you change it or improve it soon.
reading pane on the right is auto-resized instead of a scrollbar. with a big part on the right taken by advertising, the reading pane becomes too small to fit content; often characters are resized too small and become unreadable.
Screen resize not an option as it apparently doesn't resize the reading pane.
Moving reading pane below instead of right hardly an option on a small laptop screen 16:7.
In old layout we had the horizontal scrollbar in the reading pane.
big negative point and annoying experience
Just to repeat (agree with) what nearly everyone else is saying here. There's a colossal waste of space in the new layout, which makes finding emails, responses etc. much slower. I immediately reduced the font size, which may have helped a bit, but there's still a huge amount of useless whitespace everywhere. Plus any font that isn't bold appears to be gray rather than black, which is ******* these eyes. Whitespace has its place... but not around every single message.
Been trying to live with the new Mail set-up - it's a mess. Each inbox item takes up twice (3X?) as much space as it used to, it's just a bunch of wasted space and I can only see half (1/3?) the number of emails listed at one time. I can't find any way to adjust this, so I guess we're just stuck with this ungainly mess? I've been with 'hotmail' since I've had a computer, but it's looking like time to move on to something more user-friendly and less fancy. If anyone on your end is actually reading these comments, can you please add (or direct me to) a means of making the mail list more compact?
Joe Persek commented
Please make this a priority. I used to be able to see 18 emails on a screen. Now it's 12. It's unworkable the way it is.
Joe Persek commented
Yahoo Mail allows users to adjust "Message List Density" to "Slim," "Regular" or "Relaxed." I'm hoping this is an easy adjustment for you. It really is unworkable as it is. Please make this a priority.
Andrea Mattei commented
Make the text smaller (like in the old version) so we can see more folders and emails in the columns. Or let us control the text size.
Enable more compact layout. Layout does not seem to offer this option, default layout uses very large font taking up too much space.
The new design has too much space between lines. Now we can see less messages at once than before. It is no functional. Less productive.
It makes the labor slower.
Update is ok except for width of each email in inbox, is there possibility of customizing to have different sizes? I would prefer compact version.
Sulev Svilponis commented
How to disable the new outlook and restore the old look? The new outlook is ugly, bloating, unresponsive, hard to read, wasting screen space with enormous spaces between lines, but text is very small, and all in BOLD! Don't you know, that it is hard to read such text, which is all in bold letters? Where is the good old e-mail reader I liked many years?
the new outlook wont even let me send attachments! i would like to go back to my old hotmail acct!