Do not automatically mark emails as read

Discussion in 'Microsoft Outlook' started by popowich, May 5, 2015.

  1. popowich

    popowich EQ Forum Admin Staff Member

    Aug 12, 2008
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    Do you want to prevent Microsoft Outlook 2013 from marking email as read?

    There are a couple reasons to not mark email as read, for example:
    • You are skimming your email and want to return to new email later
    • You are reading the email from a shared mailbox or other account owner and they have not seen the email yet
    To adjust the "automatically mark emails as read" settings, first go to the View tab:

    Microsoft Outlook 2013 View Tab.jpg

    Next, click on Reading Pane and select Options:

    Microsoft Outlook 2013 Reading Pane Options.jpg

    Check the box for "mark items as read when viewed in the reading pane" and then pick the number of seconds:

    Microsoft Outlook 2013 Reading Pane Mark Item Read.jpg

    To increase the delay before marking an email as read I suggest 15 seconds.

    To effectively disable marking email as read I suggest 999 seconds.

    When you are done making the configuration update click OK to save the new settings.

    Last edited by a moderator: May 5, 2015

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