When selecting Show as conversation view mode in Outlook 2013

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There are 3 display modes as below snapshots i.e.

  1. Collapsed mode

  2. Expanded mode #1 - my response mails (i.e. the ones in Sent box) not displayed

  3. Expanded mode #2 - my response mails are displayed

I just want mode #2 to be the only one to display my messages. How can I do that?

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2 Answers 2


Just check Always Expand Selected Conversation in Conversation Settings menu

(right below Show as Conversations check).

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  • I'm glad you asked—I didn't even know about the "Conversation Settings" menu.
    – adamdport
    Oct 10, 2016 at 17:43
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    This setting appears to be applied per folder - how do I apply it globally?
    – Eric
    May 17, 2018 at 20:51
  • @eric did you ever figure out how to apply this globally?
    – Velox
    Oct 29, 2018 at 9:33
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    This also doesn't automatically expand all until the conversation is selected. Sometimes you want to see them all expanded, for example, to see which conversations are hot ones, similar to eudora, opera mail, thunderbird, pretty much every other desktop email client has this functionality! Nov 8, 2018 at 1:08

After checking Always Expand Selected Conversation in the Conversation Settings menu, click the Change View menu item and choose Apply Current View to Other Mail Folders... to apply the Conversation Settings to all folders.

Outlook - Change View

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