How to See Unread Mail Only in Outlook Express

Hiding Read Messages in Outlook Express
Hiding Read Messages in Outlook Express. Microsoft, Inc.

As mail comes in throughout the day, do you read one here and another there? Do you leave a few for later, read some again, save the newsletter for after lunch, save the same newsletter again for tomorrow, and... eventually, end up with an Outlook Express Inbox that is mostly read mail (at which you may or may not look again later) sprinkled with a few new messages here and there?

Would it not be nice and useful if you could, for a while, hide all messages you have already seen and concentrate on the unread emails?

See Unread Mail Only in Windows Mail or Outlook Express

To hide all read mail in Windows Mail or Outlook Express:

  • Select View | Current View | Hide Read Messages from the menu.

To restore normal display that shows all emails, select View | Current View | Show All Messages from the menu.

For either action, you can also use the Views Bar, which appears alongside the main Windows Mail toolbar. To enable it,

  • select View | Layout... from the menu and
  • make sure Views Bar is checked.

More Ways to Customize Outlook Express for Efficiency

In order to get to the mail you need most even faster, you can also change the sort order, of course (and add a column for sorting maybe), and group emails by subject. These are all tools for making your inbox tidier.