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How to auto preview unread messages in Outlook?

After enabling the auto preview feature in Outlook, you can see the first three lines of the email content displaying in the mail list of current email folder. You can enable the auto preview not only for all items, but also for all unread items in your selected folder. In this tutorial, we will show you how to auto preview unread messages in Outlook in details.

Auto preview unread messages in Outlook 2013

Auto preview unread messages in Outlook 2010 and 2007

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arrow blue right bubbleAuto preview unread messages in Outlook 2013

In Outlook 2013, the auto preview unread items function is removed. For auto previewing the unread messages, there is a trick for you.

1. Get into the email folder which the unread emails are staying.

2. Click View > Message Preview > 3 Line to enable the auto preview function. See screenshot:

3. And a prompt box will pop out to remind you that you can apply this preview setting to all mailboxes or current folder, choose your need option, see screenshot:

4. Then click Unread above the mail list to filter all unread messages out.

Then you can see all unread emails are listed out with three lines auto preview.

Note: This method is applied to all emails both read and unread messages.


arrow blue right bubbleAuto preview unread messages in Outlook 2010 and 2007

In Outlook 2010 and 2007, please do as follows.

1. Get into the email folder.

2. Click View > View Settings in Outlook 2010. See screenshot:

In Outlook 2007, click View > Current View > Customize Current View.

3. In the Advanced View Settings/Customize View dialog box, click the Other Settings button.

4. In the Other Settings dialog box, select the Preview unread items option in the AutoPreview section, and then click the OK button. See screenshot:

5. Click the OK button in the following dialog box to finish the setting. And this feature is only applied to unread messages.

Note: This method only works on the current folder you selected.


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    bblontrock · 1 years ago
    Why do you remove an important functionality like preview unread messages? why would you want to do that?
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    Eddie · 2 years ago
    I also need to preview unread messages only ... this is a big step backwards, which I didn't do the upgrade.
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      MC · 2 years ago
      Agreed - Please post if you find a way. It's harder to read as is, but really annoying that they have removed this feature.
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    spencer · 2 years ago
    Can I preview [b][u]unread[/u][/b] msgs. only in Outlook 365?
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      steve · 2 years ago
      [quote name="spencer"]Can I preview [b][u]unread[/u][/b] msgs. only in Outlook 365?[/quote]
      I would like to know as well.