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  1. Want Classic Back!

    Title: Want Classic Back: I want switched back to classic view. There is no option for me to switch to classic. I was forced to use beta. Please make it an option to choose.

    7,497 votes
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      2587 comments  ·  Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      First off, I just want to thank each and everyone of you for taking the time and providing feedback on the new Outlook.com experience. I totally appreciate that updates can often be frustrating when things change. I also want to thank everyone that has provided feedback over the course of the Beta to ensure that we address feedback.

      With that being said, I do want to offer some types/advice on some options that you can select to get a view that is more in line with the old experience. This includes turning off the Colored bubbles :)

      First click on the Gear in the top right hand corner. This will load the Quick Settings Pane. This pane includes all of the key features that are likely different between the old experience and the new experience.

      To get a view that is similar to the old view I would turn off…

    • Infinite scroll makes it impossible to get to old emails

      Previous iterations of outlook.com have used pagination or viewport scrolling to allow me to accurately jump to any point in the middle of my inbox. The new layout, however, uses infinite scrolling, meaning that if I want to view a message more than a few days old, I have to scroll to the bottom, wait for a few messages to load, scroll to the bottom, wait for more messages to load, ad infinitum.

      In fact, I can't any way in the new inbox of jumping to a historical email. If I can remember that I received an email at the…

      3,550 votes
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        172 comments  ·  Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • too much line-spacing

        cumbersome! I'd like to know how to reduce line-spacing among messages (as the previous version)

        1,037 votes
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          95 comments  ·  Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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.

          4,896 votes
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            1280 comments  ·  Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            First off, I want to thank everyone for providing feedback about spacing/whitespace/density controls. This is indeed something that we are evaluating and designing. At this time I don’t have an exact time frame for when this will be available, but we will keep this item updated as we progress with this work.

            Thanks again for the feedback, and for using Outlook.com. Keep the great feedback coming.

            David Los

          • Mail Program Locks Up

            When I receive email that has special characters in the subject line, it causes my browser mail program (such as Microsoft Edge) to crash/lock up. Lately, I have been getting a lot of email from Home Depot with graphic characters in subject line.

            209 votes
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              27 comments  ·  Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 504 votes
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                187 comments  ·  Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate that you took the time to write to us.

                You might enjoy the new Outlook experience more with a few changes to your settings, which you can find by clicking the gear icon. Try changing the setting for Conversation view to Off, changing the setting for Reading pane to Hide, and changing the setting for Attachment preview to Off.

                We’re always interested in new ideas, but we need some more specific feedback to fix the problem for you. If you have more detailed suggestions, please update your idea or add a new one.

                You might also find this help article useful: aka.ms/outlookcombetahelp. It has some simple steps to fix common problems.

                -The Outlook.com Team

              • Return Receipt

                Return Receipt when e-mail is sent

                98 votes
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                  40 comments  ·  Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • GET RID OF FOCUSED MAIL NOW!

                  Get rid of the focused mail!, just sort by date cause i have to go through extra steps to find mail thats not there cause it didnt meet the criteria of focused, whatever that may be.

                  322 votes
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                    187 comments  ·  Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    First off, thank you for using outlook.com, and for providing such great actionable feedback!

                    I just wanted to let you all know that if you don’t like the Focused Inbox, you are able to easily disable it. When you disable it you will get all of your inbox items in a single view.

                    To do this, do the following:

                    1) Click on the Gear in the top right,
                    2) this opens the Quick Settings Pane, from here look for Focused Inbox. Turn it off.

                    Hope this helps!

                  • Can't attach files - STILL!

                    Outlook.com has become a failure. It would seem that 90% of the time I'm unable to send an email with an attachment as I get to notifications to say either "The following files couldn't be attached" or "this message can't be saved at the moment". If this is a lame attempt to have me use the cloud or go 'pro' it has failed. I will now go to Gmail. MS - you're becoming a legacy and not current and vital!!

                    79 votes
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                      32 comments  ·  Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • show date and time of our reply to a message

                      Lost feature: in the Classic version, showing at the top of a received message isa notation of the date and time when we replied to that message. It used to say, "you replied 10/19/2018, 7:34 am." Once I saw that confirmation, I knew whether to delete or move that received email from my inbox.

                      This feature is important, as it confirms not only that I have replied and that the message was sent successfully, it allows me to easily reference that reply in follow up emails. I can easily search for and confirm the content of my reply by accessing…

                      126 votes
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                        18 comments  ·  Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • The sender's original message will be included. This message can't be sent right now. Please try again later.

                        Why do I somethings get this error message(s) when sending email? "The sender's original message will be included.
                        This message can't be sent right now. Please try again later. "

                        69 votes
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                          40 comments  ·  Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • It is not functional, it disperses me, before I found everything much faster. I do not like. Thanks for letting me comment.

                          It is not functional, it disperses me, before I found everything much faster. I do not like. Thanks for letting me comment.

                          405 votes
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                            5 comments  ·  Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                            Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate that you took the time to write to us.

                            You might enjoy the new Outlook experience more with a few changes to your settings, which you can find by clicking the gear icon. Try changing the setting for Conversation view to Off, changing the setting for Reading pane to Hide, and changing the setting for Attachment preview to Off.

                            We’re always interested in new ideas, but we need some more specific feedback to fix the problem for you. If you have more detailed suggestions, please update your idea or add a new one.

                            You might also find this help article useful: aka.ms/outlookcombetahelp. It has some simple steps to fix common problems.

                            -The Outlook.com Team

                          • Undo Button

                            Change the Undo button to its original functionality as well as positioning. Previously the Undo button was on the right hand side of Web Outlook, ever since the update it move it to the left hand side. On top of changing location the button doesn't have the same functionality... previously when viewing an e-mail and deleting one, the undo button was featured on the right hand side as well.

                            110 votes
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                              31 comments  ·  Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Update is the worst.

                              Your update has made your email service completely unusable. This is the worst. I can't even figure out how to delete multiple emails on the desktop version. Disappointed as it is such a pain to have to change my email over to a new service. I have had the same email for years. But since the update I can not even be bothered.

                              Sometimes simple is better. You have completely wrecked everything that was great about hotmail.

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

                                Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate that you took the time to write to us.

                                You might enjoy the new Outlook experience more with a few changes to your settings, which you can find by clicking the gear icon. Try changing the setting for Conversation view to Off, changing the setting for Reading pane to Hide, and changing the setting for Attachment preview to Off.

                                We’re always interested in new ideas, but we need some more specific feedback to fix the problem for you. If you have more detailed suggestions, please update your idea or add a new one.

                                You might also find this help article useful: aka.ms/outlookcombetahelp. It has some simple steps to fix common problems.

                                -The Outlook.com Team

                              • Shrinking emails!!

                                the ads cause the email to shrink and makes it very hard to see the email. could you please remove the ads on the right side. Thanks

                                152 votes
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                                  3 comments  ·  Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • SAFE SENDERS BROKEN!!

                                  Safe Senders all deleted and cannot save new ones!!

                                  26 votes
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                                    15 comments  ·  Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • double click email / Pop Out

                                    I want to double click my message to see the full message rather than the squashed preview, it's missing some information unless I scroll the preview pane.

                                    875 votes
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                                      419 comments  ·  Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Cannot read Older Emails

                                      cannot read older emails I have saved fro a few years ago. Cannot write in Japanese as the characters won't go through to the recipient.

                                      32 votes
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                                        14 comments  ·  Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • 35 votes
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                                        • Attaching a photo in an email message.

                                          In old Outlook we used to be able to move an attachment (photo) to the body of an email. I don't find that option in the new Outlook. Please bring it back.

                                          36 votes
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