Modify your Office 365 Outlook layout

By December 14, 2015 May 29th, 2018 Office 365

Some people feel very strongly about how their email is laid out, and rightly so!

When you open an email, do you want the reading pane on the bottom or on the side? Do you need to customize your new message format to include your company’s preferred font choices? Do you like to make your inbox message list as compact as possible?

Here’s how to make quick modifications to your Office 365 Outlook’s layout!

Note: These instructions are for Outlook accessed through http://outlook.office.com.

Access your options

  1. Click the Settings gear icon in the upper right-hand corner to open the Settings menu.
  2. Click Options on the menu.
  3. On the left sidebar, under the Mail category, expand Layout.

All your layout and message options are here!

Change your options

Select your options in each of the categories and remember to click Save at the top of each page.

  • Under Conversations, you can control how messages sort in your inbox (oldest first or newest first) and whether to hide or show deleted items.
  • Under Email signature, you can add or modify your email signature and how it is automatically used.
  • Under Message format, you can control whether to always show the Bcc and From lines in your messages, the format to compose your emails in (HTML or plain text), and your messages’ font, font size, styling, and color.
  • Under Message list, you can choose how to display your messages with the sender’s name or the subject line first. You can turn on or off preview text under an item in the inbox:
  • Under Reading pane, you can choose a host of options for the pane you use to view/read emails. You can move the reading pane to the right, to the bottom (beneath the inbox message list), or hide it altogether. You can control the behavior when you move or delete an item, when you compose an email, and selecting items when signing in.

You have a lot of flexibility to make your Office 365 Outlook look and act the way you need it to!


Don’t have Office 365? You can keep your business productive and connected, no matter where you are. Set up a consultation to discover if Office 365 is right for you by calling 888-296-3619 today.


2020 Cybersecurity Update from OXEN Technology

2020 OXEN Update on Cybersecurity

| Security | No Comments
Every day we read about another cybersecurity breach. Lost credit card information, hacked emails, corporate or national security information stolen by insider or external actors. Cyber espionage and security attacks have become sophisticated and big business. We have reluctantly learned a new language: ransomware, “phishing”, malware, HIPAA (in healthcare), PCI (for credit card protection), and PII (personally identifiable information) to name a few. The challenge grows even faster as more and more devices are attached to our networks. New devices like thermostats, smart lights, cell phones, watches, and smart monitors of all types connect to our networks to share information.…
Basic math in Excel: Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division

Basic math in Excel: Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division

| Tech Tip | No Comments
Are you new to Excel, and not sure where to start with formulas and operations? Many spreadsheets use basic math: adding and subtracting numbers or multiplying and dividing. Understanding these math formulas will help you graduate to more complex equations to manipulate your Excel data. How does basic math work in Excel? Excel uses formulas or functions to manipulate data. A function takes an input, which is the content of cells plus some operating symbols that say what to do with the data. You can input a single cell into a function or a range of multiple cells. For addition,…
Countdown to end of support for Microsoft products in 2020

Keep Your Tech Relevant: Are You Prepared for Microsoft End of Support Deadlines?

| Announcements, Office 365, Security | No Comments
There are multiple Microsoft products reaching end of support in 2020. These versions are being retired and will no longer have technical support. We’ve previously talked about the end of support for the Windows 7 operating system and Windows Server 2008 on January 14, 2020. However, other products are also reaching end of support in 2020. On January 31, 2020, Internet Explorer 10 will be retired. If you're already upgrading to Windows 10 or using Microsoft Edge as your web browser, then you've taken the next step to upgrade from IE 10. Later, in October 2020, Microsoft Office 2010 is…