Keep Outlook Emails as Unread until after you actually read them in Outlook 2007/2010

This is little annoying issue with Outlook® 2007 and Outlook 2010. Basically I want to stay all received and unread emails marked as unread till I really read them and opened them. This way I do not miss any email that I have not opened and really read. If you touch new unread email in inbox it gives you preview but once I leave the message I want to see the message remain as unread till I double click it and really opened the email itself.

You have fix this behavior in Outlook itself.

Outlook 2007:

  • Go to TOOLS
  • Go to OPTIONS
  • Click on OTHER tab
  • Click Reading Pane

and now you can uncheck the 3 options available under this settings.


Outlook 2010:

  • Click FILE
  • Click OPTIONS
  • A window OUTLOOK OPTIONS will open on your screen
  • Select MAIL
  • Select Reading Pane button under Outlook Panes
  • now uncheck the 3 options and close the menu

outlook 2010

If you prefer not to disable the reading pane settings as described, you still can mark your emails as UNREAD in inbox manually.

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