Disable or customize the Delete, Mark as Read, Flag and Pin action icons when hovering on a message in Outlook on the Web

Disable or customize the Delete, Mark as Read, Flag and Pin action icons when hovering on a message in Outlook on the Web

When I use Outlook on the Web (OWA), and then hover with my mouse over a message, the following Quick Action icons become visible;

  • Delete
  • Mark as Read/Unread
  • Flag
  • Pin

I sometimes have a bit of a “trigger finger” and worry that I might hit the Delete icon by mistake. Also, as Outlook on the Desktop doesn’t support the Pin feature, I don’t use that either.

Can I somehow disable some of these Quick Action icons and assign other commands to them like Archive or Move?

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Don’t automatically switch to the Attachments tab when selecting a received attachment

Don't automatically switch to the Attachments tab when selecting a received attachment

When I receive an email and select its attachment, Outlook automatically switches to the Attachments tab.

I hardly use any of the commands on the Attachments tab and I much rather like to stay on the more useful Home or Message tab so that I can directly Reply, Categorize, Archive, Move, apply a Quick Step, or whatever without the need for an extra click.

Can I make Outlook stay on the Home or Message tab when I select an attachment?

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Request a Read Receipt when using Outlook on the Web (OWA)

Request a Read Receipt when using Outlook on the Web (OWA)

When I’m using Outlook on the Desktop, it is quite easy to enable the option to request a read receipt.

However, when I’m using Outlook in a browser, I don’t seem to have this option.

How can I request for a Read Receipt when using Outlook on the Web?

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Get back a message that was Recalled by the sender; Yes, it’s possible!

Get back a message that was Recalled by the sender; Yes, it’s possible!

I received an interesting message which I wanted to read later so I’ve let it Unread but now it is gone.

I’ve found out that it was recalled by the sender but I don’t think it should have been for reasons I won’t go into here.

Is there any way I can still get this message back?

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Always use my default account instead of automatically selecting it based on the current folder

Always use my default account instead of automatically selecting it based on the current folder

I have multiple accounts configured in Outlook. When I create a new message, it automatically selects the sending account based on the folder that I’m currently in, instead of using the default configured account.

Is there any way to disable this?

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Changing the skin tone, gender or profession of an Emoji in Outlook or other Office applications

Changing the skin tone, gender or profession of an Emoji in Outlook or other Office applications

Now that I know how to insert emoji into Outlook, a few things are still a bit unclear to me;

  • How do I change the skin tone of an emoji?
  • How do I change the gender of an emoji?
  • How do I insert the profession emoji?
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Emoji support in Outlook; 3 common questions answered

Emoji support in Outlook; 3 common questions answered

I noticed that Outlook now converts typed smiley faces in actual colorful smiley face emoji when composing a message.

That’s cute and all but there are of course many more emoji and more constantly being added. I therefor had the following questions regarding emoji support in Outlook;

  • Which emoji are currently being supported?
  • How do I insert these emoji?
  • Are more emoji being added?
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Visual difference between Appointments and Meetings in the Calendar

Visual difference between Appointments and Meetings in the Calendar

I remember that in older versions of Outlook, Meeting items in the Calendar had an icon of 2 heads on them. This allowed you to easily tell them apart from Appointment items.

Is there any way to get this back or otherwise have some other indicator to easily see what is an Appointment and what is a Meeting item?

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Boolean search with multiple criteria in Outlook (AND and OR statements)

Boolean search with multiple criteria in Outlook (AND and OR statements)

For the longest time, I’ve been using Advanced Find and enabled its Query Builder to perform searches with multiple criteria and Boolean statements.

This worked quite well but I found out that Microsoft is removing Advanced Find from future Outlook 2016 releases.

How am I supposed to perform Boolean and multi criteria searches in Outlook now?

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Exporting the Offline Address Book or GAL

Exporting the Offline Address Book or GAL

While I can export my own Contacts folder, I don’t seem to be able to export our company’s Offline Address Book or the Global Address List (GAL).

I need to import this list in another application and sometimes also use it for mailings both electronically and to their physical address which is stored in the GAL as well.

How can I export these Exchange address lists via Outlook?

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