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Unread messages appear bold, but the default setting is that they remain bold when clicked on (and it's only when another message is selected that they become non-bold).

I want messages to lose their bold font when clicked on (immediately, or after a second perhaps). I know I've altered a setting for this previously, but I can't find the setting this time!

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In Outlook go to the View tab, select the Reading Pane, then Options and make changes as you see fit. In your case, select the Mark items as read when viewed in the Reading Pane checkbox and select an appropriate time.

View tab ->Reading Pane -> Options

Outlook 2010 reading pane options

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+1, assuming they have the reading pane open. – BigHomie Jan 25 '13 at 2:22
  1. On the View tab click View Settings
  2. Click Conditional Formatting
  3. In the Rules for this view list select a rule (or create a new one by clicking Add)
  4. Click Condition
  5. On the More Choices tab enable the only items that are... unread checkbox

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