Change how email is displayed in Outlook.com or Outlook on the web

You can change the appearance of the message list and reading pane in Outlook.com and Outlook on the web. Choose how you want emails displayed in the message list, such as whether you want emails displayed as individual messages or as conversations.

Note: To turn off Conversation view, see Turn Conversation view on or off. To turn off Focused Inbox, see Turn Focused Inbox on or off.

Change display settings

Use display settings to control the appearance of the message list, reading pane, and layout of conversations in the message list.

  1. Go to Settings The Settings button > Display settings.

    A screenshot of the Settings button on the navigation bar.

  2. Select one of the following tabs:

    • Reading pane

      Choose how the reading pane is displayed, or if you want it hidden.

    • Message list

      Choose if the sender name or subject should appear first, and whether or not to show preview text.

    • Conversations

      Choose if the newest messages should appear at the top or bottom of the thread, and whether or not to show deleted items.

  3. Focused Inbox

    Choose if messages should be sorted into Focused and Other tabs.

Change how your email is sorted

  1. At the top of the message list, select Filter.

  2. Select Sort by and choose how you want to sort your email.

    A screenshot of the Filter menu with Sort by selected

Turn Conversation view on or off

  1. At the top of the message list, select Filter.

  2. Select Show as > Messages or Conversations.

    A screenshot of the Filter menu with Show as selected

Turn Focused Inbox on or off

  1. At the top of the message list, select Filter.

  2. Select Show Focused Inbox.

    A screenshot of the Filter menu with Show Focused Inbox selected

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