Tips and Tricks to Turn Off the Outlook Message Preview

Microsoft Outlook provides a nice preview window which helps a user in many ways like easy access to their send and receives emails.

Still, sometimes a user may not want a preview default settings and may desire to remove or turn off the message preview. You can utilise the View menu option to turn off Reading pane very conveniently, and you can also opt to turn off the preview for your current session.

Tips and Tricks to Turn Off the Outlook Message Preview

Steps to disable Outlook reading pane by default

Before you refer to the steps below to remove your preview message make sure to launch the local or IMAP inbox folder. Now refer to the steps below.

  1. First, you require selecting the “Messages” or the “IMAP Messages”.
  2. Now choose the”Modify” option.
  3. Choose the “Other settings” option.
  4. Double check that the “Off” is chosen under “Reading pane”.
  5. Now hit the “OK” button.
  6. And finally, choose the “OK” option one more time.
  7. Hit “Close” option.

Steps to disable Outlook reading pane by default from the startup menu

If you are in search for means to disable Outlook preview pane for every folder and account type, then follow the steps below.

  1. Launch the folder with “OUTLOOK.EXE” in the Windows Explorer.
  2. Head to the “Start menu”.
  3. You have to choose the “All programs” by right-clicking on it.
  4. Now from the popped up menu select “Explore” option.
  5. Pick the “OUTLOOK.EXE” form the programs menu and then drop it inside the start menu folder.
  6. Click twice on the “Programs” folder from which you picked the Outlook.
  7. Now choose the “OUTLOOK-Shortcut” by hitting on the right key on your mouse.
  8. Now you have to choose the “Properties” from the menu.
  9. Now head to the Shortcut pane.
  10. Now type” /nopreview “in the target text field.
  11. From here head to the “General” pane and rename the OUTLOOK – Shortcut.
  12. Now you require choosing the “OK” option.
  13. Lastly double check your freshly created “All Programs” and launch it with Outlook by making sure that the reading pane is disabled for all the folders.

By going through the steps above, you can easily disable the reading pane for all account types in Outlook.

Robert Williams is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technical industry since 2002. As a technical expert, Samuel has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as

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