How do I enable or disable the Microsoft Outlook preview pane?

To enable or disable the Preview Pane, which is also known as the Reading Pane, in any Microsoft Office program, follow the steps below. Keep in mind that these steps may vary slightly from version to version.

Enable

  1. Open the Microsoft Office program of your choice. In this example, we're using Outlook.
  2. Click View, then Reading Pane or Preview Pane, and then select Right or Bottom.

Microsoft Outlook Preview Pane

Above is an example image of what the Microsoft Outlook Preview Pane looks like when enabled. The Preview Pane is displayed under the message listing, and it displays the message currently highlighted.

Disable

  1. Open the Microsoft Office program of your choice.
  2. Click View, then Reading Pane or Preview Pane, and then select Off.

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