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How to change the mark as read time settings in Outlook?

By default, in Outlook, the unread email will be marked as read while moving from it to another one. But some of you may want to sit on an email for longer before it is marked as read. In this article, I introduce how to change time mark as read time in Outlook.

Change the mark as read time settings

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Change the mark as read time settings In Outlook, here is an option can change the mark as read time.

1. Click File > Options.
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2. In the Options dialog, click Advanced in left pane, and click Reading Pane in right section.
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3. In Reading Pane dialog, check Mark item as read when viewed in the Reading Pane checkbox, and type the number of seconds you want to sit on an email in Wait seconds before marking item as read.
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4. Click OK > OK to close dialogs.

Now the email won’t be marked as read until you viewed it in the reading pane more than 20 seconds.


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