Outlook Emails Become Read Before You Open Them - Fix and Stop Here
Unopened Outlook Emails Show Opened
I was also finding that some of my Outlook messages would go from a bold, unread color to the lighter, already read, color even if I didn't open it. I think what was happening was that as long as my cursor was on the email in my inbox, even without opening it, it would automatically appear as read. Outlooks presumes that since you can see it in the preview (ie the “reading pane”) the email has been read (which isn’t always true)
Anyway…. Here is how to fix this… we’re on Outlook 2010 but this might still work if you are on another version
Open Outlook and Get In The Inbox
Let’s presume you are in you MS Outlook inbox (you could be in the sent bin or trash bin or most screens but let's just go with inbox for now :-) . At the very top left of your computer screen is the the FILE tab. Click on FILE
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How Does Lotus Compare to Outlook?
Find OPTIONS on Outlook
Then down the left side of your screen is OPTIONS. Click on OPTIONS
Outlooks Options Window
Then the “Outlook Options” window will appear (see attachment). Down the left side, left column of the screen you will see a bunch of things to choose from. Look down the left side of the window and click on MAIL
The Reading Pane
Then a small section appears in the “Outlook Options” window that is called “Outlook Panes” Inside this section on the right side of the window is the READING PANE button. Click READING PANE
See below... 'Mail' In Upper Left and Reading Pane Button Down Toward the Right
Reading Pane Checked .... Uncheck it
Then a smaller “Reading Pane” window will appear . See where it says “Mark Item as read when viewed in the reading pane” Click on that box so that the check mark disappears.
Now... here's were it didn't quite work for me. I swore just un-checking this box would have done the trick, but you need to remove the check mark from the one below it too. Keep reading
See the Un-Checked Reading Pane Below?
Is The " Mark Item As Read ... Selections " Checked ? UnCheck it
See the Box " Mark item as read when selection changes " box? Make sure there is no check in that box either.
Make Sure You Un-Check Both Boxes
Now Your Messages Won't Turn Read if They Are Not Opened
I hope that helped you to fix your Outlook emails from showing up as read before you read them. I found this very frustrating that Outlook made the emails go to 'read' by default before opening and reading them rather than the opposite. This method will trouble shoot the automatic read by default issue and your email will remain unread until you actually click on it and open it up on the screen.
Give Unread Emails a New Color
- TurtleDog's Blog: Change or Make Unread Outlook Email Messages a New Color Like Red
Here is a quick and easy way to identify your 'unread' emails in your Microsoft Outlook 2010 inbox with a new color. Check out the post I linked to learn more on how to do this.
Still Using Lotus Notes? Want to Make a...
In case you are still using Lotus Notes and you want to set up an email that you can use over and over again, I wrote a post here on one of the greatest sites ever, HubPages, that will show you how to create an email template easy on Lotus
Using Lotus Notes Too - Mouse Not Working
If you also use Lotus Notes and by some chance your mouse is not working, don't fret, you can still scroll up and down those emails on the the screen without it. Of course, by all means go out there and buy yourself a freakin' mouse, but if you find yourself stuck, really stuck, and you don't have any other choice I wrote a post on how you can still scroll Lotus Notes without it. I know, I know, this will never happen but if it does, this post will help you to resolve the problem and help you to get back to reading your mails all over again no matter where they are on the screen.