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Resetting Bold for Unread Email in Outlook

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 by | Filed Under: E-Mail Help, MS Office Help, MS Outlook

Henry from Denton, MD asks:

Windows 7 Office 2007, Outlook 2007. Incoming new e-mails do not show up in bold before they are read. How can I reinstate the Bold?

Henry, by default, Outlook displays unread messages with a bold font. However, it appears that your default has changed. No problem. We’ll get it reset.

Start by going to your Inbox. Under the View menu, point to Current View and select Customize Current View from the submenu.

In the Customize View: Messages dialog box, click the Automatic Formatting button.

Several options are generally already checked. Any that are checked will be affected by the changes you make so, if you don’t want to apply the new changes to all the items on the list, be sure to uncheck them. But, you want to be sure that Unread messages is checked. Then click the Font button.

In the Font dialog box, make your selections. If you only want to add Bold, just select that under Font style.

Click OK in each of the open boxes, and you should be all set.

Thanks for the question, Henry.


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8 Responses to “Resetting Bold for Unread Email in Outlook”

  1. mike says:

    In the newer versions of outlook, you cannot bold your incoming mail; however, the new messages that have not been read will be different. New message’s subject line shows in blue when it has not been read. Also, there will be a thin, blue bar to the right of the messages that have not been read yet. I don’t think it gets your attention as well as the bolding, but if you know what you are looking for it can definitely help.

    • Barbara J Latasa says:

      Thank you for the information. I recently went from Win 7 to 10 and couldn’t figure that out. Thanks again.

  2. Catherine Dalton says:

    I have Outlook 2016 and Windows 10 and incoming messages are not highlighted at all. Very, very frustrating!

  3. lung says:

    solution form kevin worked for 2016 outlook :-), yay!!!!

  4. Ramona says:

    Worked for me too. Thanks for the tip. The only thing to mention is that in Outlook 2016 it’s not called Automatic Formatting but Conditional Formatting.

  5. Jen says:

    I came across this late but for those who have the newer version steps are as follows: View–>Change View–> Manage Views–>Modify–>Conditional Formatting–>Font–>Bold. In my case, it already showed as Bold in the Font section but unread messages were not coming out Bold. I realized that after clicking “OK” in the Font pop up window, and “OK” in the “Advanced View Settings” pop up window, I actually needed to click “Apply View” in the “Manage All View” pop up window. It’s easy to just click “OK” which is why it may not have worked for some people.

  6. Dory says:

    Your solutions here is for MS Outlook.
    What if I encountered it on Outlook Express ver6 & with Win Xp OS.

    Any solutions?


  7. XRumerTest says:

    Hello. And Bye.

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