How do I mark mail as read in Lotus Notes without actually opening the email? Every other email client I have used has this option somewhere. I am using Lotus Notes 8. Thank you.

5 Answers 5


Select your email messages and under Edit -> Unread Marks -> Mark Selected Read will do it.


Pulled up comment from @Leons

Under Notes 8.5, you can make the behavior default in:

File > Preferences > Basic Notes Client Config

and check the box in the Additional Options list box:

[x] Mark documents read when opened in preview pane

You can also hit the insert key to toggle read status.

  • On a mac you can type Shift+Command+U to toggle the read status. Commented Feb 6, 2014 at 12:30
  • My new lenovo doesn't have the insert button :( any thoughts?
    – Evert
    Commented Jun 4, 2014 at 21:49

The best way is to go to Preferences > Basic Notes Client Configuration > Additional Options > Mark documents read when opened in preview pane.

  • This should really be the accepted response.
    – Ray
    Commented Sep 14, 2017 at 15:34

In Lotus Notes 9 (I'm pretty sure it's the same as 8)

File -> Preferences...

File, Preferences

Basic Notes Client Configuration -> Mark documents read when opened...

Basic Notes Client Configuration, Mark documents read when opened


Assuming you are using Lotus Notes 8.5: Select multiple emails -> Right Click -> Mark As -> Read. Please note a check tick mark will be shown for all the selected emails.

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