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How to Disable the Reading Pane View on All Folders in the Mailbox in Microsoft Outlook 2013

The reading pane in Microsoft Outlook is a took that allows the user to quickly view the contents of an email message. The down side to this is that it causes an open message process that can cause some e-mail borne viruses to activate as soon as they enter the Inbox. For security purposes we recommend that end users review the subject and who the message is from before opening the message to ensure they are not allowing something malicious to run on their computer. Closing the reading pane helps to ensure that the end user takes the time to check the message details first before opening it.

How to Turn Off Reading Pane

To enhance your email security, turn off the Reading pane following these steps.

  1. Select View Menu, select Reading Pane, select OFF.
  2. Once you modify your view settings to your liking, go to View Menu, select Change View, select Apply Current View to Other Mail Folders.
  3. Click on the empty check box to add a check mark next to the main folder/inbox at the top and the view change will apply to all folders within the mailbox, except for Sent Items, Draft and Junk E-mail folders.
  4. Click the OK button.

How to Reset All Views

If you want to reset all of your view in Outlook, follow these steps.

For Windows XP: go to Start button, select Run and type: outlook.exe /cleanviews

For Windows Vista and Windows 7: go to Start button, in the Search field type: outlook.exe /cleanviews

For Windows 8: go to Start Screen and type: outlook.exe /cleanviews

This will reset all views back to default, clears custom views and it will apply the default views to all folders (Inbox, subfolders, Contacts, Calendar, Notes, Tasks and Journal).

Note: The feature automatically hides special folders such as Sent Items, Draft and Junk E-mail. This is because these folders have special views of their own.

We hope that this information is helpful. Please let us know how this has helped you or if you have additional questions. As always Firestone Technical Resources, Inc. is here to help with your computer support issues - "Providing personal service for your impersonal technology."

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