Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Make Outlook mark email as read when it is clicked

The title may be a little confusing, but I don't like waiting to click off of an email in Outlook before it is marked as read. Instead, I'd rather have it mark it as read as soon as I click on it. Luckily, there is a single setting that will take care of this for you.

1. Open Outlook and go to Tools->Options
2. Go to the Other tab, then click on Reading Pane... in the Outlook Panes section
3. Check the box that says "Mark items as read when viewed in the Reading Pane"
4. Set the wait time to something small, such as 1 second
5. Click OK a few times to get back to Outlook

Now your new mail should be marked as read right after you click on it. No more waiting. If you're more of a visual person and want some screenshots, check out the guide for this at

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