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How to view grid lines between email messages in Outlook?

Author: Kelly Last Modified: 2014-03-21

As you know, there are grid lines between email messages for separating in Microsoft Outlook mail list. Not only can you hide or display these grid lines, but also change grid lines’ styles. This is an easy tutorial to display, hide, and change styles of grid lines between email messages in mail list of Microsoft Outlook.

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To display, hide, or change styles of grid lines in mail list of Microsoft Outlook, please do it as following:

Step 1: Shift to the Mail view with clicking the Mail in the Navigation Pane, and then select the mail folder in which your will view grid lines between email messages.

Step 2: Open the Advanced View settings dialog box:

  • In Outlook 2007, please click the View > Current View > Customize Current View.
  • In Outlook 2010 and 2013, please click the View Settings button on the View tab.

Step 3: In the popping up dialog box, please click the Other Settings button.

Step 4: In the Other Settings dialog box, please click the Grid line style: box, and select one of grid line style in the drop down list.

To hide grid lines between email messages, please select the No grid lines.

To change styles of grid lines between email messages, please select one of Small dots, Large dots, dashes, or Solid.

Step 5: Click all OK buttons in each dialog box.

Up to now, the specified style of grid lines has been changed between all email messages in the specified folder. See the following screen shot:

In Outlook 2010 and 2013, you can apply the view settings of specified folder to other folders with clicking the Change View > Apply Current View to Other Mail Folders on the View tab.


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Is there a way to darken the grid lines?
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Just follow the instructions. It worked for me.
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I have Outlook 365 and no matter what I do the grid lines will not show up. I've tried selecting all of the different types of gridlines but nothing. Does this have anything to do with having selected ALWAYS USE SINGLE-LINE LAYOUT? in OTHER SETTINGS?
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IT just installed MS Office 365 - 2016 and it worked like a charm, thanks.
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How long ago was this simple question posted? There is still no legitimate answer. Grid lines are invisible! Why won't microsoft fix this serious inadequacy ?!
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