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 :)
I actually liked the new layout at first. Then I became frustrated with having the open message squashed into a side panel across which I had to toggle in order to read it. I gave up and switched back to the old version.
It doesn't make sense to have most of the screen taken up by Folders and the Inbox.
Having said that, I rather liked being able to see attachments while skimming through the messages. And the layout was generally fresh and uncluttered.
Adrian M commented
The space between folders is excessive, it is not possible to get the entire organization at a glance. You should be able to set the font size and line spacing according to the content.
less email display per page, large font, can't hide the email read frame on the left. NOT HAPPY, as an old XP user with 1200x800 screen width.
It's not getting better neither lightweight, a new layout should consider improvements.
Frédéric B. commented
ETA: Ah, disabling the reading pane restores the two-column view. This should be in the documentation for said setting.
Frédéric B. commented
At the very least, the email list should give the option to list each email on a single line, rather than with the subject above/below the sender name.
Please provide an option to have a simple view so the height of each item in the list can be low. Then you can view more emails in your initial view like in the current version of Outlook.
Yeah, way too much wasted space. Before messing with the settings I saw like 8 mails per screen (1920x1080) in my Received folder, whaaaat? I managed to hide the mail previews and attachment previews from the lists and now there is around 20 messages per screen, but I want to see at the very least 30 mails per screen. There needs to be an option to make everything more compact (and the setting should be easily accessable from the folder view).
Why do the attachment previews take so much space anyway? It's a handy feature if done right: they should be small icons that can be clicked. Not huge thumbnails that take most of the space in the mail lists...
allow adjustment of panes:
allow size adjustments of different panes. I tried selecting the line which it allowed but the width adjustment didn't take when shrinking
Katarina A-S commented
Yes, Outlook - if it ain't broken - don't fix it!
Now I can only see a few emails at the same time ... and that's really frustrating and annoying. I don't want to scroll more than I already do!
As somebody else put it, with a few pinned emails you can't even see the other new ones anymore ...
The pics preview even made it much worse!
Of course you want to see as many emails as possible at the same time, so it's easier/faster to find the most important ones!
I'll wait until the beta version gets much better ...
I want to see as many emails on the screen as possible - they represent work to be done. If an email falls off the bottom of the screen then there is less likelihood I'll deal with it. I can improve the situation by turning off the reading pane - but I still see far fewer emails than in the current production version of the software.
We need to be able to set how many emails per page we view.
We can't even do that in the current layout, but we could before.
The new way is okay for people who have few messages in their inbox, but for people who have many hundreds or in to the thousands then customising the view could be very helpful.
Also allow us to chose the columns we want and make expandable. Like this thread suggests.
I like having "skinny" emails in the viewer so that I can see more emails at time (showing the attachment took up too much space in my opinion
Agree! Where is the setting to change the view to see 1, 2, 3 lines of each message, as we might prefer? So annoying to only be able to eyeball about seven messages on the window.
Tony D commented
Too much vertical space between folder names compared to the old Inbox format means that I now have to scroll down to see all my folders. Compress the vertical space between folder names or allow a smaller font option.
This factor alone makes the beta version worthless to me. Stop trying to put a phone based app on my desktop. Leave Outlook alone. You finally fixed the "multi-item sweep delete" debacle, not just as I started coming back to Outlook you're looking for new ways to ***** it up.
Microsoft, you applications are mature now. Stop creeping featuritis.
i agree whats with that large side viewing panel how can i read what e-mails i have if i can barley see the e-mail because of that huge side view box. put it back the way it was and improve the spam filters instead, i am running out of space for blocking spam senders
Irene M commented
I like the new version, it looks good and simple. However, I miss being able to see almost 20 mails at a glance. In the new version I can only see 6 without having to scroll down, probably because the font size is too big or because there is too much information on each message. I would appreciate an option to choose how big you want to see the message list, or how much information you'd like to see. Personally, I thing the email address and the title of the message should be enough. If I want to see more I just have to click on it and it'll appear on the right side.
Eliott Watts commented
As with all the new office programs, they've been optimized for mobile. They know it will work on a desktop and seem to have assumed that's enough. Seem to have totally forgotten business users who don't need a dumbed-down display.