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A Preview Without the Pane

Friday, November 10th, 2006 by | Filed Under: MS Office Help, MS Outlook

A Preview Without the Pane

If you’re like me, you probably like the idea of previewing e-mails without actually opening them. To help with that, I’m sure you’ve got MS Outlook’s preview pane doing its job at the bottom of your Inbox, am I right?

But, sometimes I hate waiting for the preview to load and other times, there’s usually something displayed in the preview that I didn’t really want to see.

So, now what?

I really don’t want to have to open every e-mail just to get an idea about its contents, but then again, I don’t want each one completely displayed either. Is there a happy medium?

It’s a good question and I’m happy to report that there is a middle ground. It’s called AutoPreview.

With AutoPreview selected, Outlook will display the first three lines of the e-mail directly in the mailbox message listing.

In other words, you’ll go from this:

To this:

This allows you to scan the e-mail a little bit more discretely and only open the ones you feel are worth your time.

If this appeals to you, you’ll be pleased to know that this feature is as close as the View menu.

If you take a look in the View menu, you’ll find AutoPreview as a listed option. Choose it and you’ve got your three line preview instantly. (You can also find an AutoPreview button on the Advanced toolbar if you happen to have that displayed).

Preview Pane? AutoPreview? The choice is yours to make!

~ April

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