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Do Not Automatically Mark As Read

The options for how and when Outlook should mark emails as read can be found in;

  • Outlook 2007 and previous 
    Tools -> Options… -> tab Other -> button Reading Pane…
  • Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2013 
    tab View -> Reading Pane -> Options…

The default is set to mark items as read when you select another email. When you disable this option, all mails remain as unread unless you manually mark it as read or double click the message to open it in its own window.

Mark As Read Delay

If you still want the message to be automatically marked as read when you are reading it, but not when you are quickly browsing through your emails, then you can set a delay of several seconds before the message should be marked as read.

For instance, if reading an email takes you at least 10 seconds and when you quickly go through your emails, you won’t be looking at the message for longer than 5 seconds, then you set your delay to 10 seconds.

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