Turn the Reading Pane on and off

When you click messages in the message list, a preview of the message and some file attachments, such as Microsoft Office documents, appear in the Reading Pane.

Reading Pane in Outlook

  • To turn off the Reading Pane, click View > Reading Pane > Off.

Reading Pane off command on the ribbon

This closes the Reading Pane only for the folder you’re in. To change other mail folders, in the folder pane, click the folder, and then repeat the previous steps.

If you later want to turn on the Reading Pane, click View > Reading Pane, and then Right or Bottom.

Applies To: Outlook 2016, Outlook 2013

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