Windows Live Mail 2011: Turn Off Conversation View

   Posted by Lê Hoàng in Windows

By default, Windows Live Mail groups emails with the same subject together. If you do not like this threaded view style, you can turn off the conversation view and display the emails seperately.

Although initially made popular by gmail, the threaded (or conversation) method of viewing email is become more popular within the Windows email products. If you want to disable this view and return to the old method of viewing emails, just follow these directions:

1. Launch Windows live mail and log into your account.

2. Go to View tab, click on Conversations and choose Off.

3. This will take effect immediately so you can go back to your inbox to see the result. A conversation uses different icon from an email.

4. To renable it, just go back to View tab, click on Conversations and choose On.


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26 Responses to “Windows Live Mail 2011: Turn Off Conversation View”

  1. October 27, 2010 at 9:38 pm, Annoymous said:

    Thank you for posting this!!! Conversations was driving my Mom crazy!!!


    • October 29, 2010 at 4:03 am, Anonymous said:

      Glad we could help :D


  2. November 02, 2010 at 9:21 pm, Kharas said:

    The SENT folder in Windows live mail 2011 does not display the name of the receipient. The inbox shows who the mail has come from but the entire SENT box does not any names of whom the mails have been sent to, except if there is a conversation attached to it. If there is no conversation (i.e. I have sent just one mail) the name of the person i have sent it to does not appear in the bar on the left.
    This makes finding sent mails very difficult.
    How can I get it to display the names of the people i have sent the mails to?


  3. November 03, 2010 at 1:19 am, Anonymous said:

    Hi Kharas.

    To display To colunm in Sent folder, you need to click on Message list and choose One-line view. I have uploaded an image for you incase you have no idea where is that button :)

    Hope this help


    • November 03, 2010 at 8:55 pm, Kharas said:

      Thanks for your reply. I had already tried this.
      However, in the inbox you can see conversations which also show the names of the sender. This makes it very useful if you need to sort by sender.
      In the sent items you can see either coversations or choose one line view as you mentioned to see the names of the senders. Even more peculiar is that you can see the name when there is a two or more line conversation but not if there is no conversation (i.e. a one off sent mail). Just strange or a bug?.
      Is there a way of seeing the sender’s name in the sent items on the one liners in conversation mode?
      Thank you anyhow


      • November 03, 2010 at 11:26 pm, Anonymous said:

        I’m having the trouble too :)

        I will let you know if i found the solution ;)


  4. November 23, 2010 at 11:09 pm, Lasaart said:

    Turn off conversion and click the MESSAGE LIST then chose ONE LINE VEIW from the dropdown.


  5. January 01, 2011 at 5:59 pm, Wasaba said:

    can any one tell me how to get the inbox sorted by sender not subject, as was the case in the previous version – i want the 2 line version- not the one line inbox.please help


  6. February 11, 2011 at 7:10 pm, @tampa_trick said:

    you rock man! good one!


  7. March 28, 2011 at 4:24 am, Desotojohn said:

    I hate the ‘Conversation’ feature. Thanks for the help.


  8. June 14, 2011 at 9:26 pm, Ligia Pais said:

    Thank you sooo! I realy need that hint


  9. June 20, 2011 at 2:12 am, No said:

    I was slightly going crazy about this annoyance; thank you for making this clear!


  10. August 23, 2011 at 9:08 am, Daniel said:

    Thanks, I was going crazy with the convesation thing. MS was no able to improve Outlook express, they just broke it down to pieces and made an ugly sister (WLM).


  11. September 13, 2011 at 7:30 am, Leigh Burne said:

    Thanks so much for this! Grouping emails at home is great but at work – where I might receive twenty different emails from different addresses with the same title – was making life very hard indeed!


  12. September 22, 2011 at 12:51 am, Marcella said:

    This was extremely helpful!!! Thank you very much. It was a nightmare trying to find old email to refer to and respond to when sorted by conversation as I could not remember the conversation title but did know peoples names and dates.


  13. December 19, 2011 at 6:53 am, Brian said:

    THANK YOU! I was about to go crazy because I had new unread emails, but couldn’t find them because they were grouped with another email from a month ago. Why the hell would you enable this feature by default?!?! It’s &$#*ing awful.


  14. April 28, 2012 at 5:08 pm, Josue said:

    Thank you for give us the solution to turn off conversation. It was already a nightmare to me!


  15. June 21, 2012 at 12:22 pm, Jason said:

    You legend.


  16. July 10, 2012 at 11:35 am, Trish B said:

    If you were here, right now, I’d give you a massive hug!! Thanks, the ‘conversation’ way was driving me bonkers. Now, at least I can find a message simply by the date x x


  17. November 29, 2012 at 11:33 pm, Elaine C said:

    Thank you thank you thank you! I hated my mail’s being sorted by conversations and was missing several new emails that weren’t showing below a long conversation.


  18. December 19, 2012 at 9:20 pm, paul said:

    Tried your solution to remove conversation group emails . When I went to View the “conversations” did not light up … any sggestions?


  19. December 19, 2012 at 9:25 pm, paul said:

    OK think I have solved it .. Thanks


  20. February 20, 2013 at 7:59 am, Mark Becks said:

    Of all the forums and nonsense written for the sake of writing a comment, this has to be the simplist fix which sorted my problem out. Youre a legend, thanks for the real help


  21. March 29, 2013 at 4:23 pm, SuperSaf said:

    Thank you for this, the grouping was really annoying me.


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