Here’s a question from a reader:
I am using Microsoft Outlook 365. I have noticed that after i click on a specific email entry in the Outlook Mail tab and open it for reading, Outlook naturally mark it as read. What’s annoying is that i have noticed that items that i view in the Reading Pane are shown as being read as well… This makes it difficult for me to follow up on my email and take the required action. Now the question is the following: is there a way to modify the read / unread settings to keep my messages marked as unread in Outlook unless i explicitly set them as read (by making a right click and selecting Mark as Read). Thanks in advance for any tips.
Thanks for the question. Here we go with the answer (covering both Windows and macOS)
You can follow this procedure to turn off the single click read feature, so that Outlook will not mark messages as read:
Note: There is another interesting setting in the Reading Pane, which allows you to mark items as read when selecting different items in your Inbox. The setting is not checked by default.
To configure Outlook to stop “opening” your email automatically and marking your previewed email as read kindly follow these steps:
Kindly leave us a quick comment in case of any questions.