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 :)
The emails in the inbox take up too much vertical space, I can only see 5 emails at a time, while i can see at least 20 in the old version.
I don't like the reading pane and I like just one line per email on the main screen so I can see as many emails at one time without scrolling
Mark Benson commented
There's too much white space, so you cant see as many emails on the screen. My inbox is like a filling cabinet so I want to be able to find stuff as quickly and as easily as possible - with all the extra white space its like looking through a keyhole to try and see whats in my filing cabinet. Make my life easier not harder.
Also make the email preview pain optional - it takes up too much space too.
Plus the ads are really annoying.
I greatly enjoy the updates normally; this one I want to like. I love the files and Pic showing in the message; but I cannot see enough messages now to grasp what I want to do ... so I could see say 20 .. now it is more like 6 and its hard to separate one message from another for some reason (my mind cannot see the organization as easily for some reason .. too much distraction?).
Can't display as much content as before per page.
yasss i HATE having to scroll in my emails!
Agreed. The extra padding and larger typefaces severely limit the usable visual space on a desktop or landscape tablet viewport. I have a large monitor for a reason - I want to see more things on it. This new look is following a bad trend in current web design by trying to force what works for mobile onto a larger screen. At least a "compact" or "minimal" checkbox would go a long way here.
Old Bear commented
Having PM and instant message from Skype is great but the way it's done is making it almost unusable because the narrow column displaying Skype make reading difficult because it's overpopulated and Outlook area is near empty with too much unused and/or not resizable.
I would prefer to have a screen split in 2 areas, one for Outlook on the left and one for Skype on the right with the ability to resize them.
I don't like the icons on the side, they take to much space. Also it's not handy that I can see just a few mails and not as much as earlier
Brian Davis commented
Way too much wasted space. This looks like it was designed for a mobile environment instead of desktop. Please give us options to turn off the colored circles and chance the size. Changing the zoom aspect of the browser isn't a viable solution. That doesn't solve the problem.
I do not like the beta version because of less e-mails in one page. I have to do lot of scrolling to find, for example, 10th new e-mail. It makes navigating much harder. I can easily miss some e-mails. And then, I accidentally open (read) some e-mails that I do not want to open (read) yet, I want to keep them in unread, so I could read them later but it is hard as I have to do lot of scrolling. It is hard to see the "bigger picture". It is like trying to find e-mail watching through peephole. Please, keep it simple like the current version.
tim mccaffrey commented
Keep it simple.
A dedicated bar on the left of the screen to only house 1+4 buttons takes up too much screen space.
There is no setting to reduce the amount of vertical space between each email item. A large height for an item is nice when tapping items on a tablet, but the majority of my email viewing is done on a desktop and I'd prefer to see more items.
The initials of each sender in a colored circle is too distracting from going through unread and read emails. Have an option to have all circles are white on gray.
The open message is squished into a side panel across which I have to toggle to read it. I gave up and switched back to the old version.
There are too many things taking too much space.
To be able to resize them (columns/fonts/icons) would be a great improvement.
calvin qiu commented
It is not intuitive at all. I am missing my emails. I want all my emails on one page.
I hate not being able to re-size Inbox column, very inconsiderate design !
The first thing you can do is remove the unnecessary colored circles next to each message, which are forcing row heights to use much more space than they need. (Not to mention that the colors, themselves, are meaningless and have no context that I can see.)
Brian Popovich commented
The font/text size in the message list is too big. This causes too few messages to show up on the screen at once and necessitates unnecessary scrolling through the inbox. The fact that the messages themselves are interrupted by categories based on date received compounds the issue. I would like to see an option to change the message list font size as well as the ability to turn off categorization by date received (while still sorting by date received; the categories just take up unnecessary space when it's so easy to check the date to the right of the subject anyway). The old inbox view is/was very compact, and I would prefer something more or even exactly like that. :)
I believe the problem would be solved by allowing the message to be completely hidden and with much smaller icons for attached files.