Mark messages as read or unread

The headers of unread messages display in bold text in your Inbox. The number of unread messages can be seen next to the name of the folder in the Navigation Pane.

Note    You can find all your unread messages in the Unread Mail folder under Search Folders in the Navigation Pane; this Search Folder is displayed in the Navigation Pane by default. If you don't see the Unread Mail folder in Search Folders, you can re-create it.

What do you want to do?

Manually mark messages as read or unread

Automatically mark messages as read in the Reading Pane

Manually mark messages as read or unread

  1. Select the messages you want to change.

  2. How?

    • To select adjacent items, click the first item, and then hold down SHIFT and click the last item.

    • To select nonadjacent items, click the first item, and then hold down CTRL and click additional items.

    • To select all items, on the Edit menu, click Select All.

      Note   Changing the view for items can make selecting specific items easier. For instance, if you want to select all messages that have the same subject, in the folder containing the messages, click View, point to Arrange By, and then click Conversation. Select the messages you want from the view.

    On the Edit menu, do one of the following:

    • To mark a message as read, click Mark as Read.

    • To mark a message as unread, click Mark as Unread.

    • Mark all the messages in a folder, click Mark All as Read.

Note    If you mark a replied to or forwarded message as unread, the message symbol continues to display as an open envelope. However, it is still considered unread for sorting, grouping, or filtering.

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Automatically mark messages as read in the Reading Pane

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Other tab.

  2. Click Reading Pane.

  3. Select the Mark items as read when viewed in the Reading Pane check box, and then type a number in the Wait n seconds before marking item as read box.

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Applies To: Outlook 2007



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