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How can I stop some of my messages in my inbox from automatically showing as read before I view it?

In some cases they will show as unread for sometime and also automatically change read without doing anything. I mean, this will happen with hands completely off the key board/mouse, the email's read state it is changing state on its own accord!

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What add-ons are you using. What rules have you setup up. I have never heard of Outlook just marking an email as read unless the email was selected and the message was displayed to the user. – Ramhound Mar 15 '13 at 10:52
Are you using the keyboard cursor keys to cycle through your Outlook folders? Because by cycling through still triggers the "mark as read"? – Dave Mar 15 '13 at 10:54
Did you try a Virus scan? Malware scan? I would still review the add-ons, as per Ramhounds earlier suggestion – Dave Mar 15 '13 at 12:13

In the ribbon click View, Reading Pane -> Options

Change it in here.

Mine are only marked as read when I manually mark as read!

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yes this is happening, no add-ons, new installation. the same office copy works OK on other computers with i5 but with two i7 new computers different brands this is the case. – Glenroy Mar 15 '13 at 10:58
Hang on, how do you know there are no add-ons. Just because you didn't install them doesn't mean they don't exist (Google bloatware)! Also, are you saying your Reading Pane looks the same as my post? – Dave Mar 15 '13 at 11:00
OK this will happen with hands completely off the key board. Dave it is the same. – Glenroy Mar 15 '13 at 12:02

I understand having the Reading Pane enabled is a security risk due to the potential launching of malicious script/code within the message. I always disable the Reading Pane especially for the Junk E-mail box. I also have Outlook convert all messages to plain text to help address this issue... "Major Outlook Security Issue: Reading Pane May Automatically Release Trojan Horses, Viruses, Etc."

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there no add-ins, these are two New laptops (a vaio and a ASUS TAICHI) out of the box both with i7 processor, Norton 360 premium, only activate office, set-up outlook and they both display the same issues. The same office activated on a Vaio i5 with no issues. – Glenroy Mar 16 '13 at 3:27
Click the View tab, in the Layout section, pull down the Reading Pane menu, click "Off" – packets Mar 17 '13 at 10:40

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