How to Change Columns in Mail for Windows

Personalize your email experience in Mail for Windows

Outlook Express and Windows Live Mail have been discontinued and replaced by Mail for Windows. Originally released in 2005, Mail for Windows is included in Windows Vista, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10. Mail can be customized by users to display custom accent colors, background image, and light/dark preference. The columns that are displayed within Mail for Windows can also be customized by users.

An email's subject is essential information and should be displayed in Mail for Windows mailbox overview. The Subject is one of the columns that is shown by default. The recipient, however, is not. To display it, you have to change the Mail for Windows column layout.

Change the Columns Shown in Mail for Windows

To set the columns shown in the Mail  for Windows mailbox view, open Mail for Windows and:

  • Select ViewColumns... from the menu in Mail for Windows.
  • Place a check mark in front of the columns you want to be visible on the email screen.
  • Drag one column above another to change its left to right placement in the email application.
  • Click OK to save the changes.

Note that Mail for Windows uses two different column profiles. One is used for Sent Items, Drafts, and Outbox, and the other is for Inbox, Deleted Items, and all folders you create—even if they are subfolders of Sent Items. Changing the column layout of one folder automatically changes the layout of all other folders in the same profile.