Outlook - When I open Outlook all of my email shows as read

Asked By Deb Kirley on 16-Oct-11 06:33 PM
When I open Outlook and go into my Inbox, all of my email shows as read (even if I haven't opened it yet) with the "open envelope" icon on the left side of the subject line.  I do not have the "reading pane" on. 

I want my email to stay "unread" (with closed envelope) and in "bold" until I open it.

I cannot find the setting that I need to keep my email in the "unread" state (until I open it).

Any help would be appreciated.  Thank you.
Riley K replied to Deb Kirley on 16-Oct-11 09:53 PM

View / Current View / Show all messages.

Tools / Options / Read. Make sure that 'Mark message read
after displaying for [xx] seconds' is set to a realistic value.

refer this links

Deb Kirley replied to Riley K on 16-Oct-11 11:26 PM
Riley, Thanks so much for your reply.  I am using Outlook 2010.  I don't want it to show as read after xxx number of seconds.  I don't want my email to show as read until I actually go in and read it.  I want it to stay "unread" until I click on it and open it.  Is there a setting that will allow this?
Jitendra Faye replied to Deb Kirley on 16-Oct-11 11:37 PM

The options for how and when Outlook should mark emails as read can be found in;

  • Outlook 2007 and previous
    Tools-> Options…-> tab Other-> button Reading Pane…
  • Outlook 2010
    tab View-> Reading Pane-> Options…

The default is set to mark items as read when you select another email. When you disable this option, all mails remain as unread unless you manually mark it as read or double click the message to open it in its own window.

Reading Pane Options

Hope this will help.

Anoop S replied to Deb Kirley on 17-Oct-11 12:18 AM
The Unread Mail folder is a default Outlook Search Folder (Search Folders: Virtual folders that contain views of all e-mail items matching specific search criteria. The items remain stored in one or more Outlook folders.). If deleted, you can create it again.

   1. In Mail, on the Folder tab, in the New group, click New Search Folder.

Keyboard shortcut    To create a new Search Folder, press CTRL+SHIFT+P.

   2. In the Reading Mail section, click Unread Mail.
   3. Click OK.

 Note    Use these same steps to restore any default Search Folder. In step 2, in the New Search Folder dialog box, click the Search Folder that you want to add.
Suchit shah replied to Deb Kirley on 17-Oct-11 01:40 AM

Manually mark messages as read or unread

  1. Select the messages you want to change. 
  2. On the Edit menu, do one of the following: 
  • To mark a message as read, click Mark as Read.

  • To mark a message as unread, click Mark as Unread.

  • Mark all the messages in a folder, click Mark All as Read.

  •  Note    If you mark a replied to or forwarded message as unread, the message symbol continues to display as
    an open envelope. However, it is still considered unread for sorting, grouping, or filtering.

Automatically mark messages as read in the Reading Pane


  1. On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Other tab.

  3. Click Reading Pane.

  5. Select the Mark items as read when viewed in the Reading Pane check box, and then type a number in the Wait n seconds before marking item as read box.

dipa ahuja replied to Deb Kirley on 17-Oct-11 02:05 AM

HideAutomatically mark messages as read in the Reading Pane.

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Other tab.
  2. Click Reading Pane.
  3. Select the Mark items as read when viewed in the Reading Panecheck box, and then type a number in the Wait n seconds before marking item as read box.
Deb Kirley replied to Jitendra Faye on 17-Oct-11 07:24 PM
Vickey, thanks.  I have my Outlook 2010 settings as shown in the picture you sent.  The only choice that is now checked is "single key reading using space bar."  Unfortunately my emails are still showing as "read" when I open my email.