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How to Read Messages on Outlook.com

By Wallace Wang

Whether you’re catching up on juicy office gossip or deleting spam from Nigerian oil tycoons, you can log on to Outlook.com from any browser to keep yourself in the loop. Because Outlook.com is web mail, you can get to it anywhere you have web access. All of your Hotmail, Messenger, and (of course) Outlook.com mail is available.

Lots of people use the Inbox as a kind of to-do list; Outlook.com makes that possible from any computer connected to the Internet.

To read your messages, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Inbox.

    Your list of messages appears.

  2. Click the message you want to read.

    The message text appears in the Reading pane on the right side, or bottom, of the screen. As you click each message in the Message list, the contents show up in the Reading pane.

Use the arrow keys to move from one e-mail message to the next. Click the icon that looks like a gear (in the far-right side of the Ribbon) to adjust your mail settings, see a list of Reading pane options and Ribbon color options, and get online help.

You can have the Reading pane open on the right or on the bottom, or closed entirely. If you close the Reading pane, you’ll need to double-click any message to see it in a separate window.