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Chapter 1. Email Annoyances > OUTLOOK AND OUTLOOK EXPRESS 5 AND 6

OUTLOOK AND OUTLOOK EXPRESS 5 AND 6

DISABLE THE PREVIEW PANE

The Annoyance:

Outlook Express's preview pane is not only useless, it's dangerous. By default it marks any message as read if it spends more than five seconds in my preview pane, which means I sometimes miss important messages (because OE thinks I've already read them) simply by leaving the preview pane open. Worse, some email-particularly nasty spam-contains scripts that are activated when a message is "read." How can I stop this?

The Fix:

First, close the preview pane. Launch Outlook Express and select View → Layout. In the Windows Layout Properties dialog box, uncheck the "Show preview pane" box. Click OK to close the dialog box. In Outlook, choose View → Preview Pane to toggle the pane on and off.


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