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Turn off inline attachment previews in new version of Outlook.com

Outlook.com has a brand new version with a number of important changes. The design changes brought forward changes in the way some things show up in the mailbox. Each one has his own choice, so there are certain things which you may or may not like. For this post, we are dealing with the attachments which now pop-up inline in the message list. Luckily there is a way to get rid of attachments showing up in the inbox.

The functionality can also be important for some. For example, for somebody working in a company where attachments matter more than the message body, the 1-click access to attachments saves some clicks. However, in the case of somebody working with a company with loads of text emails, the attachments may not be as important. So, depending on the type of your work, you can enable or disable the display of attachments in the message list.

Stop attachments from showing in the message list of Outlook.com

Outlook.com provides a simple option to stop attachments from appearing in your inbox. Simply follow the few steps below where we explain the method in detail along with screenshots for reference.

Haven’t gotten the new Outlook.com interface yet? You can start enjoying the new features by following this little trick!
1.Open Outlook.com settings: Your first step to disabling the attachment previews is to open up settings of Outlook.com. To do that, simply click on the gear icon at the top right of the window.

Outlook.com Settings Icon
Click on gear to open Outlook.com settings
2.Go to full settings: The gear icon opens up quick settings menu as a sidebar. The setting which we need is not available here. So, scroll down to the bottom of the list and choose “Viewfull settings”.

Alternatively, you can use the search box to search for “Layout” and click on the result. Then skip directly to step 4.

3.Open Layout settings: At this point, you will be in the full settings interface. Once there, simply choose “Mail” from the left menu and then choose “Layout” in the subsequent menu.

Layout settings in outlook.com new version
Navigate to Mail > Layout
4.Turn off inline previews for attachments and save: The final step is to turn off inline previews in the Outlook.com mail settings. So, scroll to the end of the layout settings and you will notice the heading for “Inline Previews”.

Inline Previews Outlook.com Settings
Turn off inline previews for attachments

To turn off the previews, select the option “Don’t show attachments in message list”. Don’t forget to save your changes by clicking on the Save button.

That should do the job. Your inbox will not be cluttered by attachment details anymore. You can turn on the previews on again by repeating the steps above and changing the “Inline Previews” to the default setting i.e. “Show attachments in message list”.

About the author

Narender Singh

A student of Business who loves IT. Has a soft corner for Nokia, but tries his best to not bring the bias to this blog.
Generally, avoids news and spends his time writing guides and tutorials which add value to the web.

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