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How to hide/turn off message preview in Outlook?

Have you noticed that there is a line of message preview for each email in the mail list of Outlook 2013? However, some users may think the message preview is not needed but occupies too much space in the mail list. Here I will show you how to hide or turn off the message preview from the mail list in Microsoft Outlook.

Turn off message preview in mail list in Outlook 2013

Turn off message preview in mail list in Outlook 2007 and 2010

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arrow blue right bubbleTurn off message preview in mail list in Outlook 2013

It’s quite easy to turn off the message preview from mail list in a specified mail folder in Microsoft Outlook 2013, and you can do as following:

Step 1: Shift to the Mail view, and click to open the folder that you will turn off message preview in.

Step 2: Click the Message Preview > Off on the View tab.

Step 3: In the popping up Microsoft Outlook dialog box, click the All mailboxes button or This folder button.

Then all message previews for each email disappear from the Mail list in all mailboxes (or this folder).


arrow blue right bubbleTurn off message preview in mail list in Outlook 2007 and 2010

You may have enabled the auto message preview in Outlook 2007 or 2010 by accident. If so, you can turn off the message preview from mail list in Outlook 2007 or 2010 as following:

Step 1: Shift to the Mail view, and click to open the specified mail folder that you will hide message preview from.

Step 2: Click the View Settings button on the View tab in Outlook 2010, or click the View > Current View > Customize Current View in Outlook 2007.

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

Step 4: In the coming Other Settings dialog box, check the option of No AutoPreview, and click the OK button. See screen shot below:

Step 5: Click the OK button to exit the Advanced View Settings dialog box.

Then the message preview is turned off in the mail list of current opened mail folder in Microsoft Outlook 2007 or 2010.


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    Thomas · 4 years ago
    Thank you! I could not find how to do this in so many Google hits, but you made it easy!
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    J.Oz · 4 years ago
    Outlook 2010: Search Results for "All Mail Items" DO NOT Preview the search results items even if the View Settings/Other Settings/Autopreview is set to "Preview all items". This is one caveat to the preceding statement. Preview for the search results items WILL WORK the 1st time, and only the 1st time, it's attempted in an Outlool 2010 session. After that, Preview does NOT work now matter what the setting is used in "Other Settings."

    See the following for more details...
    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office/forum/office_2010-outlook/outlook-2010-autopreview-is-not-working-for-search/2f2bd92d-adb9-42ce-8c6d-160f619c6301