Outlook 2013: Disable or Expand Message Preview

   Posted July 26, 2012 by Lê Hoàng in Microsoft Outlook

Outlook displays one line of each email so that users can quickly preview and find the mail that they want. This useful feature, however, can reveal sensitive information inside the emails that you do not want others to see. If you need additional security, the email previews can be disabled. Conversely,many users like to expand the message preview so additional lines can be seen.

Once again the user must decide to balance between convenience and security. Beside the privacy settings which exist from the previous Outlook versions, Outlook 2013 let users disable the preview line of the message. On the other end of the spectrum, viewing more lines of each email allows the user to quickly scan and parse a busy inbox.

1. Launch Outlook 2013.

2. Switch to the View tab at the top of the window to continue.

3. In the View tab, find the Message Preview option and click on it to expand the menu. By default, this option is set to 1 Line which means one line of the email can be seen without opening it. If you would like to disable this feature, choose Off. If you want to preview more content of the email, choose either 2 Lines or 3 Lines option.

4. Outlook will ask whether you want to apply the change to the current folder or all mailboxes. Just choose the one you wish and then the process will begin.

5. When the process is completed, you will notice that the preview line is altered.

As an example, below are the screenshots of how the emails look like before and after disabling the message preview.

6. Later, if you decide to switch or change the setting, just repeat the above steps and choose another option in the Message Preview setting.


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  • NoNameHank

    Thanks a lot, that was exactly what I was looking for!

    Keep up the good work.

  • Mike

    In Outlook 2010 I have it configured to preview unread messages only. Can this be achieved in the 2013 version as well?

    • Luc

      > I have the same question. Just installed Office 365 and I’m trying to get the same settings I had in Outlook 2010 and 2003. This was a very useful option. Any answer on that question?

      • phil

        > Did anyone ever figure this one out?

  • Joe

    Thank you so much!

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  • Colin

    Perfect! was driving me crazy!!

  • r derham

    Thank you for such a clear and comprehensive post. Exactly what I needed!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you!

  • Monica

    Thank you for clear instructions with a great and simple layout!
    Much appreciated! 🙂

  • Vee

    Thank you!