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 beginning of last month, I don't seem to have any way of jumping right to it - previously I could just scroll to the right point or go to the right page.
Please consider adding back in either pagination or viewport scrolling, as infinite scroll is not a suitable technique for an email inbox.
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Alison Hepburn commented
One of the reasons I turned off beta when I had the option was because the inbox wouldn't display all emails I had in it if there were too many. There was no indication that there may be a second page to go to either. When I'd toggle back to the old version, all my emails in my inbox would be visible.
This morning I had another incident where some emails were not visible, and to be honest, I'm not sure if it's still happening.
The contents of my inbox displayed x number of emails, with a particular email showing as the oldest at the bottom of the list. When I deleted two more recent emails then scrolled to the bottom of my inbox, two olders emails now displayed at the bottom of the list that were not visible moments prior.
It seems like the default view sometimes limits the number of emails shown and there's indication that this is the case.
PLEASE LET ME REVERT BACK TO THE OLD VERSION... this is the fifth bug I am reporting on since this **** new version went fully live. I would really prefer if I could see and manage all my emails... I don't know which ones are currently unviewable that I need to address without moving some into alternate folders first.
Another thing that is terrible about this new look is that I can't scroll all the way down to the end of my messages. Scrolling all the way down only gets you to a few days ago. Then you have to keep doing it. This is terrible. I want my inbox changed back immediately. Please.
I honestly considered a step backwards the fact that they eliminated the option of dividing the number of messages by "pages" since it made it much easier and organized to keep the content clean and accessible to older messages
Honestly considered a backspace that has the ability to divide the amount of messages by "pages" as it made it much easier and organized to keep content clean and accessible to older messages
Janet Wah-Let commented
The continuous scroll is annoying & down right awful. The continuous scroll wastes my time. Please bring back pages.
All email over the course of years, thousands, appear on one, single page. How can I scroll through these? The tiniest move of the mouse moves through months of email. The email should display on pages of ~20 email per page. The page number can be selected at the bottom of the page. This way, we can scroll through a page at a time and be able to find our way back to an email or time period relatively easily.
THANK YOU FOR UPDATING THE OUTLOOK, IT IS TERRIBLE, I HAVE TO SCROLL WHOLE DOWN IF I WANT TO CHECK MY 2016 EMAILS IN GENERAL AND THERE IS NO OPTION OF NEXT PAGE INSTEAD. HORRIBLE!
Stephanie Meinberg commented
In the old version, I could hit the all button and it would ONLY select the message in my actual preview pane, plus or minus a few. So that if I had 50 new messages I wanted to delete at once, I didn't have to individually select them, I could choose all twice and get rid of them while STILL keeping the other, older messages that i've left in my inbox. I don't file everything, so this "pane" focused selection in bulk was key for me. Now if I select all, it literally does it ALL, not just new message or those visible. That was the dealbreaker. Please return to old!
Susan Kemp Lovett commented
In the other email version, I could remove old emails a page at a time. I'd like to delete anything older than 6 months that I have not specifically saved.
I want to control how many junk mails I delete at a time instead of having to go through all 700 junk messages at one sitting. I am not always able to go through all of them. The beta will not let me delete a few at a time. It's all or nothing. Do Not Like That!!!
Laertis Pantos commented
Please bring pagination back.
Theresa Schock commented
Yes this! I want to only have it select the emails on the screen. The old version makes it easy to delete multiple emails more quickly.
Kimberly Youngblood commented
I agree, I would much rather have pages, instead of the infinite scrolling, or at least give us the option to have either one.
give option to scroll or pages
Brian Johnson commented
Agreed! Discrete pages instead of infinite scroll please!
Infinite Scroll has no business - anywhere.
It makes it harder to find messages.
It constantly refreshes, causing lag to any activity.
A few months ago hundreds of comments asked for Pagination to come back - at least as an option.
Mysteriously those comments disappeared !
Others sites can give users options - e.g. 20, 50, 100 messages/comments.
I agree, I would like to delete my old emails, because I guess it is better for Outlook to have lighter emailing boxes and it is better for the planet (less storage capacity needs = less pollution caused by big servers).
i personally find infinite (and especially automatic) scrolling very annoying and laggy, and i'd rather have a page system like hotmail dd
Use pages (like on this page) instead of infinite scroll when listing all messages. Scrolling is too burdensome, especially when I know I want to jump ahead several pages to a specific time.
If I could vote 1000 times for this, I would!! Not having pages makes the "select all" button a joke....