Solving an Outlook annoyance

Carolyn likes using Outlook, but there’s an issue that’s driving her crazy.  She writes:

“I have older Office on my desktop and email is easy but on my laptop, have the newer version of Office/Outlook and reading email drives me crazy. I open up each email and if I delete, have go back and open up the next one. On my older version, when I delete a message, the next one opens automatically.”

The layout on newer Outlook is a bit different than with previous versions, but the settings are actually still pretty much the same. Having it skip to the next unread message after you delete is simply a matter of selecting that option. Something you probably did a long time ago on your older version of Outlook. Here’s how to do it.

At the top of the Inbox, click the File tab.

From the panel on the left, choose Options.


When the Outlook Options menu opens, choose Mail.


Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the center panel.

Under the Other menu, click the drop-down arrow next to After moving or deleting an open item.

Choose Open the next item from the drop-down menu.

Make sure to click OK.

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