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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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    Dawn · 2 months ago
    But how do you do this in all folders at once?
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    Dan Brewerton · 1 years ago
    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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    Helped · 2 years ago
    totally helped. :-) thank you.
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    Gurdeep Singh · 2 years ago
    Very helpful. Thank you.
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    nimisha · 3 years ago
    we need to know that intimation not coming while new mail subject not mentioned