Disabling Microsoft Outlook auto read status

One of the default MS Outlook behavior that I really don’t like is its automatic marking of email item as ‘read’ after a certain time (5 seconds default) and when selection changes. When we converted to Outlook 2007, I had a lot of problems figuring out how to change that behavior. Last week, my Vista guest OS on my macbook’s vmware fusion had to be rebuilt and thus I had to reinstall outlook. Afterward, again, it took sometimes for me to figure out how to configure/disable this feature.

So here it is and now I have a note to myself in case I need to change this setting again in the future:

Tools – Options – Other tab – Reading Pane.

disabling outlook auto read

How to disable auto read

8 Responses to “Disabling Microsoft Outlook auto read status”

  1. Karthik says:

    you saved my life!

  2. inox says:

    Thanks a lot

  3. Rahul says:

    Thanks a lot! It was easy.

  4. ks says:

    Very useful! Thx

  5. Celia says:

    that is SOOO useful. Thanks. You just saved me and my org about an hour of me faffing

  6. Alex says:

    it works! thank you

  7. Gilles says:

    Thanks a lot :)

  8. Kamlesh says:

    Thanks a lot

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