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How to view next unread message in Outlook?

Author: Siluvia Last Modified: 2014-08-13

In many cases, your Outlook email folder might mix the read emails with the unread emails. As usual, when you finish reading an unread email, you need to close this message window and skip to find the other unread one in the email folder. In this tutorial, we will show you a little trick for easily viewing the next unread message in Outlook.

View next unread message in Outlook

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For viewing next unread message in Outlook, please do as follows.

1. Get into the email folder which you want to read the unread email messages inside.

2. Open an email message. In the message window, right click the Quick Access Toolbar, and then click Customize Quick Access Toolbar in the right-clicking menu.

2. In the Outlook Options dialog box, you need to:

1). Select All Commands in the Choose commands from drop-down list;

2). Scroll down to select Next Unread Item in the list box;

3). Click the Add button;

4). Then click the OK button.

3. Then you can see a button called Next Unread Item shows on the Quick Access Toolbar in the Message window.

Click on this button then you will get into the next unread message window immediately. After finishing reading all the unread messages, the window will be closed when you click the Next Unread Item button.


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My German Outlook 365 also doesn't have a "next message" = "Nächste Nachricht". There is only:
- ...
- Nachrichtenvorschau
- Nächste 7 Tage
- Nächste Woche
- Nächter Termin
- Nachverfolgung
- ...

This is "Microsoft® Outlook® für Microsoft 365 MSO (16.0.14326.20900) 64-Bit"
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Really needed that tip! I appreciate you!
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+1 for what Boris said.
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This is standard on Blackberry and Lotus (IBM) Notes... pathetic Microsoft.
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There is no item "Next Unread Item" on "All Commands" list. :( Also there's no "Next Task", "Next Item", "Next Item from Sender",... It's Outlook2016. There is "Next 7 Days", "Next Appointment" and "Next Week". Before is "New Task Request", after is "No Date".
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I have the same Problem like you. Do you have any solution for this topic?
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Not sure if the instructions changed since you all posted this but I was able to find the Next Unread Item easily on Outlook 365. Make sure to read the instructions through and follow them as it asks you to ~>> "Open an email message." <<~~ THEN ~~>>In the message window,<<~~ right click the Quick Access Toolbar, and then click Customize Quick Access Toolbar in the right-clicking menu.
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