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Is outlook 2013 restricted to showing an AVATAR or Picture placeholder and font size 57 for the sender address? I see some info about the embedded and redundant quick butons reply and forward. But this MEGA who its from concept when there is no picture is annoying.

Please let there be a solution to screen real-estate extravaganza

Can I show a simple line with sender and date and size ? Or something a few million pxs smaller?

I dont like to whinge to much. I generally like the new tools and you get used to the look. but extreme wastage is a shame.

Looks like similar posts. But I dont see an answer anywhere Reduce visual redundancies in Outlook 2013? after upgrade to outlook 2013 Contacts have the default picture in reading pane

sample issue

I tried this setting with no effect

And since the solution seemed it might lie with the "people" settings I tried this, which removed the picture but did little to fix the real-estate problem

People Settings

Which now looks like this No Pic view

EDIT: (after using for 4 months, and connecting to FB and LinkedIn, the benefits outway the negatives). And i now regularly, Always look at the people Pane.

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If you supply your LinkedIn and Facebook details to Outlook, you'd get a lot of people's avatars. It can be quite odd getting a professional business email from someone and seeing their Facebook avatar on it. You can set Outlook to prioritise LinkedIn or Facebook avatars when both are available. I think Microsoft account and SharePoint (and possibly federated Active Directory) avatars take priority whatever the case. – paradroid Feb 14 '13 at 0:58
seeing im stuck with the feature i may as well try an put something of value in it . Thanks for this relevant tip :-) +1 – phil soady Feb 14 '13 at 1:00
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It looks like the most recent MS Office update (version 15.0.4551.1011) adds an option that allows for the message header in the reading pane to be collapsed. It re-sizes the header from this: enter image description here

To this: enter image description here

Once toggled, it should remain collapsed while switching among messages. Go to the File tab -> Office Account to check your version and update.

enter image description here

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an improvement indeed. Still the avatar or Pic if connected to social media. – phil soady Dec 25 '13 at 18:52

I too found this huge personal image extremely annoying. I was able to solve the problem by changing the following setting:

File > Options > People > Show user photographs when available (requires restarting Outlook)

Once I unchecked that box and restarted, the personal image disappeared.


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