Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Reading and Replying to E-Mail Messages
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Previewing message text
When you start getting lots of e-mail, some of it will be important, but some
of it will be relatively unimportant — if not downright useless. When you first
see the mail in your Inbox, it’s nice to know which messages are important
and which are not so that you can focus on the important stuff. You can’t
count on the people who send you e-mail to say, “Don’t read this; it’s
unimportant” (although a Low importance rating is a good clue). Outlook
tries to help by letting you peek at the first few lines of a message.
By default, Outlook opens the Reading pane so you can see most of each
e-mail message; see more information later in this chapter. But if you turn off
the Reading pane, you can use Preview instead.
To see previews of your unread messages, follow these steps:
1. Click the Mail button in the Navigation pane (or press Ctrl+Shift+I).
The Inbox screen opens, showing your incoming mail.
2. Select the View tab in the Ribbon.
3. Click the Change View button and choose Preview.
The list of messages in your Inbox appears, with the first few lines of
each unread message displayed in blue (see Figure 4-5).