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Using Outlook 2013, I'd like to have two views of my Inbox handy, one showing the Message Preview (the first line of each email), and the other without.

I can't find a way to do this, other than to change the setting back and forth (which takes 4 menu choices, each time). Saving the view doesn't save the Message Preview setting.

I'd like either to:

  • Add another "link" to the Folder in the Folder pane, showing the same folder, but with Message Preview on
  • Add a hotkey or mouse click, to turn Message Preview on or off
  • Add new Views, one with Preview on, one with it off
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The only thing you can do here is to add 2 buttons to a HOME tab of the ribbon to turn the Message Preview on or off.

To do this, right-click the ribbon and select Customize the Ribbon. Select Main Tabs above the list on the left side. Expand View -> Arrangements -> Message Preview. On the right list expand Home (Mail) and click the New Group button in the bottom. Name the group (say, "Message Preview") using the Rename button. Now click Off item on the left list and click Add>> button in the middle. Repeat for 1 Line item. Click OK.

Now you can turn the message preview on/off with a single click of a mouse (actually double because of the confirmation, but anyway).

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