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How to stop Outlook from automatically marking emails as read?

Author: Kelly Last Modified: 2020-05-20

Generally speaking, when you switch unread emails in the mailing list with the Reading Pane turning on, the emails will be marked as Read automatically. Sometimes, you may just want to switch emails but not read them. In this article, I will introduce the solution to stop Outlook from automatically marking email as Read when you clicking them in the mail list.

Stop Outlook from automatically marking emails as read


Stop Outlook from automatically marking emails as read

To stop Outlook from automatically marking emails as read when switching them in the mail list, you need to change the options of Reading Pane.

1. In the Mail view, click View > Reading Pane > Options. See screenshot:

2. In the Reading Pane dialog box, please uncheck both Mark items as read when viewed in the Reading Pane and Mark items as read when selection changes options. See screenshot:

Note: Alternatively, you can also specify the options as follows: (1) check the Mark items as read when viewed in the Reading Pane option, (2) enter the average time you spend on reading an email, and (3) uncheck the Mark item as read when selection changes option. See screenshot:

3. Click the OK button to save the changes.

From now on, when you switch unread emails in the mails list with the Reading Pane turning on, these emails will not be marked as Read automatically.


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Maybe my company is restricting my ability to change this option I am totally not able to access any controls that allow me to change the delay of a selected mail to be mark as read. I have to do this manually. I would like at least a 5 second delay as I am scrolling through email so not everything is marked as read.

John
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This is perfect example, but what i need is:

I want all the emails that come to land on 'INBOX' besides the fact that i have rules for all the different customers. Can you help me with that?

Hope i explaines it well!!
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What i mean is,

i want it to be me to uncheck the email and only after it goes to the 'folder' of the customer. I can check and uncheck it but the email goes straight to the folder of the customer instead of firstly land on 'INBOX' and only after i uncheck it it follows to lhe right folder.
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Microsoft Outlook currently has no options or registry keys to disable automatic making as read, the existing settings only apply when reading mails using the preview pane. When mails are opened in a new window they are marked ad read, ignoring any settings. This is especially problematic when accounts are shared with multiple users. I know this setting does work properly in the Thunderbird email client. I have not tried the Linux Evolution client yet but I know that integrates well with office365 accounts and also supports the open Maildir format for local storage of email. If anyone knows a good Windows mail client I'd like to hear about it.
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HI, It seems that when the email arrives on my phone, outlook automatically shows the email as read? how do i change that... i have already changed the setting in outlook as suggested thanks
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I am using POP. It did fix the issue once I enabled the Reading Pane and then disabled it. I never use the reading Pane so, I had it turned off originally. Thanks.
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