We have two buttons to switch between normal view & reading view in Outlook but F1 doesn't have any entry about what key we could use to switch between these buttons.

Anyone know about it?

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    There does not seem to be a keyboard shortcut and since Outlook doesn't have the same macro capabilities as Word/Excel, this will be challenging. Nevertheless, some clever AutoHotkey could get the job done. I'll give this a shot later. :)
    – iglvzx
    Commented Jun 21, 2012 at 3:35
  • @iglvzx Have you attempted this yet?
    – Doug
    Commented Apr 16, 2013 at 14:14

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You can use AltF1 to cycle between normal/reading views.

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    No, Alt-F1 does not cycle between Normal/Reading views. It cycles the Navigation Pane (the far-left column in the screenshot) between Normal/Minimized/Off. Similarly, Alt-F2 cycles the To-Do Bar (far right pane), and Ctrl-F1 cycles the Ribbon Bar. While useful, it takes all three shortcuts combined to mimic the Reading view.
    – Doug
    Commented Apr 16, 2013 at 14:21

ALT+F1 is the shortcut key for outlook to switch between reading view / normal view.

  • same answer had been done more than 11 years ago!
    – Toto
    Commented Apr 18 at 13:04

By accident I found out that ALT+FN+2 works as an On/Off toggle for this for me.

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    Fn key is not standardized. It exists only on laptops and does different things on different models. In this case Fn+2 is producing some mystery key press and Alt+MysteryKey does what you want - but we don't know what the MysteryKey is so this is only useful for users with laptops similar to yours. Are there any extra symbols on the 2 key?
    – gronostaj
    Commented Mar 4, 2021 at 10:13
  • @gronstaj Fn keys also are on many Desktop computers. They often are used to bypass custom keyboard settings from the manufacturer. -- Eric this is likely specific to your computer. You should specify which computer and OS you are using. Commented Mar 4, 2021 at 13:49

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