Windows Live Mail 2011: Turn Off Conversation View

   Posted October 9, 2010 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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  • Annoymous

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

    • Anonymous

      Glad we could help 😀

  • Kharas

    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?

  • Anonymous

    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

    • Kharas

      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

      • Anonymous

        I’m having the trouble too 🙂

        I will let you know if i found the solution 😉

  • Lasaart

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

  • Wasaba

    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

  • @tampa_trick

    you rock man! good one!

  • Desotojohn

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

  • Ligia Pais

    Thank you sooo! I realy need that hint

  • No

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

  • Daniel

    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).

  • Leigh Burne

    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!

  • Marcella

    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.

  • Brian

    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.

  • Josue

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

  • Jason

    You legend.

  • Trish B

    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

  • Elaine C

    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.

  • paul

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

  • paul

    OK think I have solved it .. Thanks

  • Mark Becks

    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

  • SuperSaf

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