How to Group Conversation Threads in Windows Mail or Outlook

Arrange Messages Exactly How You Want Them

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It is a reply you got. That much is clear.

The message reveals not much quoted text, however, and who knows exactly what you wrote three months ago? Certainly not you; right?

Windows Mail knows, though. So the search begins: type the subject, search for the sender's email address or scour the folder manually maybe?

Or... how about Windows Mail or Outlook Express showing you previous messages in the conversation automatically, right next to the new one?

Group Conversation Threads in Windows Mail or Outlook Express

To have Windows Mail or Outlook Express arrange messages in conversations:

  • Select View | Current View | Group Messages by Conversation in the menu to make sure it is checked.

Windows Mail and Outlook Express then bulk together messages with the same subject line. You can see all messages in such a thread by clicking the + button in the message list or collapse the conversation by clicking -.

To disable threading in Windows Mail or Outlook Express: