Time-saving tip for Outlook users

Dare to turn off the Outlook Reading Pane.

I tried it - by accident - and now I can go through my emails so much faster. Even though I always could delete stuff that wasn't interesting by looking at the title, the Reading Pane encouraged me to take a look at it, read a bit of it, just to make sure I'm not deleting anything important.

Now I either open the email in full, and it better be worth it, or I delete it without ever having laid my eyes on its content.

It's a brave move, but so far I'm very happy with my decision. I dare you to try this for a whole day. 🙂

Comments (4)

  1. George says:

    Been doing this for quite some time now and i like it :-).

    A tip if you wish to launch outlook without preview for all views..

    Launch outlook with the /nopreview option


  2. Marcelo says:

    Ah, good trick. Looking for ‘outlook /nopreview’ on MSN Search brings up the following link, with a bunch of interesting command-lines. "Deletes all Schedule+ data (free/busy, permissions, and .cal file) from the server." looks scary 😀

    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=296192 (OL2002: Additional Command-Line Switches)

  3. M. Rajesh says:


    i never use the reading pane because when u navigate past it, it gets marked as read which i do not want to do.

  4. ALR says:

    Sounds like you are subscribed to too many useless lists…


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