How to Turn Off the Reading Pane for All Folders at Once in Outlook


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By default, Reading Panel is enabled for all new folders in Outlook. However, this is not a good idea. Here is how to disable the Reading Panel for all folders in an email account.

By default, the Reading Panel is enabled for all new folders in Outlook. This means that when you select an email, it automatically opens in the right pane.

However, this is not a good idea. Outlook could automatically open an email in the Reading Panel that contains something that could damage your computer. By default, you should be able to see the sender and subject line without opening the email.

You can configure each folder in your email account in Outlook so that it does not display the Reading Panel. However, if you have many folders, that can take a long time.

Today, we will show you how to disable the Reading Panel for all your folders in an email account at once in Outlook.

Apply the current view to all other folders

One way to disable the Reading Panel for all folders is to deactivate it for one folder and apply that current view to all other folders.

First, go to the Inbox (or any other folder) in your email account.

Click the tab See and then click Reading panel in the Design section and select Disabled .

 Deactivate the reading panel

The reading panel is deactivated in the selected folder.

To apply this view to all other folders in the current email account folder, click Change view on the tab [View]. Then, click Hide messages and select Apply current view to other mail folders .

 Apply the current view to other mail folders

If you are in a Microsoft Exchange email account, the drop-down menu Change view looks a little different.

When you click Change view click Compact or Preview and then select Apply current view to other mail folders .

 Change the folder view for a folder in an Exchange account

In the dialog Apply view verify all folders under the specified email account and check the view Apply to subfolders .

Click Accept .

 Apply View dialog box in Outlook

The Reading Panel is disabled in all folders of the current email account. If you have several email accounts in Outlook, you must perform the above procedure for each email account.

Outlook remembers your settings every time you open the program, so the Reading Panel should be turned off for all folders the next time every time you open Outlook.

Reset all views to the default view

If, for some reason, the Reading Panel is not turned off for one or more folders after performing the steps in the previous section, there may be custom views applied to those folders .

To solve this, you can reset all views to the default view using the cleanviews switch. Then, you can follow the steps in the previous section again to deactivate the Reading Panel for all folders.

NOTE: If you have set up custom views for some folders that you want to keep, you cannot reset the default views.

Press the Windows + R key to open the Run dialog .

Enter the following line in the Open box and click OK or press Enter .

  outlook.exe / cleanviews 

  Enter outlook / cleanviews in the Run dialog box

Start Outlook with the reading panel disabled by default

To ensure that Outlook starts with the reading panel disabled by default, you can configure a special Outlook desktop shortcut. disable the Reading Panel for all email accounts in Outlook.

Before creating the shortcut, you must obtain the path to the OUTLOOK.EXE program file.

Open File Explorer and select Local disk (C 🙂 on the left. Then, type: outlook.exe in the search box in the upper right corner of the window.

Look for OUTLOOK.EXE in the result list and select it.

 Search Outlook in File Explorer

Right-click the file OUTLOOK.EXE in the result list and select Open location from file .

 Select Open file location in File Explorer

Click on the address bar at the top of the window. The route is automatically selected.

Right-click on the selected route and select Copy from the pop-up menu.

 Copy the path to Outlook.exe

Now, right click on an empty area of ​​the Windows desktop and then go to New> Shortcut .

 Create new shortcut on the Windows desktop

In Enter the location of the item box in the Create shortcut press Ctrl + V to paste the path you copied.

Then, click Next .

 Paste the route and add nopreview

Enter a name for your shortcut in Enter a name for this shortcut box and click in Finish .

 Enter a name for the shortcut

The new Outlook shortcut is added to your desktop. Double-click on the shortcut to open Outlook.

 Shortcut to start Outlook with the Reading Panel off

The Reading Panel is automatically deactivated for all folders in all your email accounts .

 Outlook open with the Reading Panel off

The Reading Panel may seem convenient, but be careful …

Although not smart use The Reading Panel can be useful sometimes. You can use it to preview emails without marking them as read or send read receipts. You can also customize the fonts used in the Reading Panel.

Just be very careful if you use the Reading Panel. It could automatically open a dangerous email that could damage your computer.

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