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How to make the cursor moving up after a delete in Outlook?

Normally, when you delete the messages, the cursor is moved down to select the next item automatically in Outlook. You can choose to move the cursor up or down after a delete in Outlook according to your personal habit. In this tutorial, we will show you how to make the cursor moving up after a delete in Outlook.

Make the cursor moving up after a delete in Outlook 2010 and 2013

Make the cursor moving up after a delete in Outlook 2007

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arrow blue right bubbleMake the cursor moving up after a delete in Outlook 2010 and 2013

In Outlook 2010 and 2013, please do as follows to move the cursor up after a delete.

1. Click File > Options.

2. In the Outlook Options dialog box, click Mail in the left pane, then select open the previous item in the After moving or deleting an open items drop-down list. And then click the OK button.

And now, the cursor will move up to select the previous item when you delete messages.


arrow blue right bubbleMake the cursor moving up after a delete in Outlook 2007

If you are using Outlook 2007, please do as follows.

1. Click Tools > Options.

2. In the Options dialog box, click the E-mail Options button under Preferences tab. See screenshot:

3. In the E-mail Options dialog box, select open the previous item in the After moving or deleting an open item drop-down list, then click the OK button.

4. When it returns to the Options dialog box, click the OK button.


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    Patrick · 1 years ago
    I wonder why the verbiage of the option is wrong. We have to choose "previous" to get the next item chronologically.
    • To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.
      Alex W · 1 months ago
      Depends whether you have it sorted oldest to newest or newest to oldest. In this case, "previous" just means "above".