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How to show missing subject column in Outlook?

When you are viewing emails in the Compact view in Microsoft Outlook, it will show the subjects in the mail list automatically. However, the subjects disappear in some cases. See screen shot below. Here we will guide you step by step to add and show missing subject column in the mail list in Outlook easily.

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To restore and show the subject column in the mail list in Microsoft Outlook, please do as following:

Step 1: Shift to the Mail view, and open the mail folder in which the subject column is missing.

Step 2: Make sure the mail folder shows in the Compact view. If not:

  1. Click the Change View > Compact on the View tab in Outlook 2010 and 2013;
  2. Click the View > Current View > Messages in Outlook 2007.

Step 3: Click the View Settings button on the View tab. See screen shot:

Note: If you are using Microsoft Outlook 2007, please click the View > Current View > Customize Current View.

Step 4: In the popping up dialog box, please click the Columns button (or Fields button).

Step 5: Then the Show Columns dialog box comes out, and:

  1. Click the Select available columns from box, and select the All Mail fields from the drop down list;
  2. Click to highlight the Subject in the Available columns box;
  3. Click the Add button.
  4. In the Show these columns in this order box , Move the Subject item up to the Size item with clicking to highlight the Subject item, and then clicking the Move Up button repeatedly.
  5. Click the OK button.

Step 6: Then click the OK button to exit the Advanced View Settings dialog box.

Note: Apart from adding the subject columns with view settings, you can easily click the Reset View button on the View tab in Outlook 2010 and 2013 to restore the initial folder view, so that you can get the Subject column. Click to know more about restoring view.

Please note that this Reset View method will clear all special view settings you specified for this folder too.

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Thanks a lot!! :)
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thanks !!! this helped me 
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A big help. Thank you so much for this public service!
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I have lost my "View" settings on my inbox completely , all I have showing in the view tab is thread, show focused inbox, use tighter spacing, folder pane, reading pane, reminder window, open in new window and close all items. what has happened to Change view, current view, message preview etc? not sure what I have done. hope someone can help please. it appears to affect only the inbox all other folders look fine. applying setting to all folders doesn'tfix it either. cheers
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Very helpful for me. Thank you!
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Thank you very for guiding in proper way
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There was no FROM column showing unless I went to the VIEW box and clicked on that -- but that ONLY showed FROMs and nothing else. You suggested going to MAIL, but I couldn't find that. However, you mentioned something about COMPACT, so I clicked on CHANGE VIEW, and there was COMPACT -- clicked on that and my FROM column was back. Thanks so much!!
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Thanks a lot. It helped me kudoos :)
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But how do you do this in all folders at once?
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Hey, I have an odd one. In Outlook Express 6 (I know my user is using ancient software), the columns are added, however the text that should be there is blank. However the To and From fields are populated in the email itself, what gives? Recently moved user from POP3 to IMAP.
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