Nov 24, 2014

How to stop Outlook from automatically marking emails as read?

Is there a way to stop Outlook (I’m using Outlook 2010) from automatically marking every email you look at as read? A lot of times I scan through emails very quickly to make sure that there is nothing that requires immediate attention, and because I still need to go back and read them carefully I don’t want them marked. This is even more true when I’m working on a project with a shared email - if one of us looks at an email, it’s simply marked as read so the other person can easily miss it.
11/25/2014
1. Click on the VIEW tab.
2. Click on the READING PANE dropdown, then select OPTIONS.
3. In the resulting pop-up box, uncheck the box beside “Mark item as read when selection changes.”
4. Click OK.

This should work for both Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2013.
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