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Email Reading Pane

Step-by-Step

In BWA:

To hide or change the position of the reading pane (also called the preview pane) do the following:

  1. Open your email account in a web browser.
  2. Click the 'Gear' icon (the Settings icon) to the right of your name in the upper right part of the window.
  3. Click Display settings.
  4. Click Reading Pane.
  5. Select the Layout option you want. NOTE: You can also select "Apply to all folders".
  6. Click OK.

In Outlook 2013, Outlook 2016 for Windows:

To change how you see your email displayed, for instance as a list instead of previewing your messages on the side or bottom, do the following:

  1. Open Outlook.
  2. Click once on the Folder you want to change in your display. (e.g. the Inbox folder)
  3. Click the View tab.
  4. In the Ribbon, look for the "Layout" section.
  5. Click Reading Pane.
  6. In Outlook 2013,Outlook 2016 click right, bottom, or off.

In Outlook 2016 for Mac OS X:

To hide or change the position of the reading pane (also called the preview pane) do the following:

  1. Open Outlook.
  2. Click View on top menu bar.
  3. Move your mouse over Reading Pane.
  4. Click Right, Below or Hidden.

In Apple Mail:

To change how you see your email displayed, for instance as a list instead of previewing your messages on the side or bottom, do the following:

  1. Open Mail. By default the Preview Pane is located to the right of the Message List.
  2. To have the Preview Pane appear below the Message List:
    1. Click the Mail menu.
    2. Click Preferences... .
    3. Click Viewing.
    4. Check Use classic layout.
    5. Close the Preferences window.
  3. To change from the classic layout and keep the Preview Pane off:
    1. Click the Mail menu.
    2. Click Preferences...
    3. Click Viewing.
    4. Un-check Use classic layout.
    5. Close the Preferences window.
  4. To restore the Preview Pane after turning the classic layout off:
    1. Move your mouse just to the right of the scroll bar on the right side of the Message List
      1. Moving very slowly to the right, the mouse icon will change into a vertical line with arrows pointing to the left and right
      2. You may see a yellow box pop up with "Change size of the message area. Double-click to show only the list."
    2. When you see your mouse icon change to arrows pointing left and right, click the mouse button and drag that line to the left.
    3. The Preview Pane will appear.
Topic: 
Email, Communication and Collaboration
Subtopic: 
Email/Exchange
Last updated: 
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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