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Show message subjects above people in Outlook 15 Consumer Preview

I just got Outlook 15 Consumer Preview up and running (the internet is guessing it will be called Outlook 2013) and one of the first things I noticed was that in the Reading Pane the senders of the message were shown above the subject of the message. This is different than in previous versions of Outlook; it took me a while to figure why I was having difficulty finding the messages was looking for, and this was why.

I have Outlook configured to show messages in Conversation view. In Outlook 2013 this will also create an additional header in the reading pane for the currently selected message. This is handy, but it became frustrating to me because the default setting was showing a message sized header inline with the messages, and in that header the name of the starter of the conversation took up most of the space. Beneath that was the subject of the conversation. Beneath the header was each individual unread message, and those were delineated by name of the sender. The problem was that the senders where shown in the exact same font as the subject. So my brain is seeing one large font for senders, followed by a smaller font for subject, followed by the identical font for senders again. All of the visual clues for which text represented people and which text represented subjects where jumbled.

I found a way to correct this “people first” view. In the View tab under Conversation Settings there’s an option for “Show Senders Above Subject”, and by default it is checked. Uncheck it.

View -> Show Senders Above Subject

  1. Erin
    December 17, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Thank you so much! The defaults Microsoft chooses are always so backwards and perplexing…it like they don’t want you to be productive while using their software.

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