Created attachment 548154 [details] Outlook preview pane options There is no option for messages displayed in preview pane to remain flagged as not read. Personally, I don't read messages there. I open them and find it too easy to accidentally mark them as read by having the preview pane open. I know others have different views and that is why I suggest an option setting - as in Outlook. In fact this is one area where Outlook has more flexibility. I can't see this has been requested before but there is a fair bit of discussion on the topic in various forums.
What is tools -> Options -> Advanced -> reading & Display ? Look a lote like the outlook screenshot to me.
In Outlook, the option to mark as read in the preview pane applies only to the preview pane. If you double-click the email to open in a new window it doesn't apply that setting. The issue is that many users want the "preview" pane to be a -- wait for it -- preview, and to therefore not count as reading the message. Preview pane should by default NOT mark the message as read. Open in new window or in tab SHOULD by default mark the message as read. Example: user has many messages and wants to see which he wants to read first. By viewing them in the preview pane he can see that some of them he wants to read now, so he opens them in new window to read properly. These are now marked as read. The others he merely previewed are not marked as read. So user is enabled to preview messages and use read status to note those which have not been fully read. Reading != previewing The point is that the two actions have different intent and many users want them to behave differently WRT to marking messages as read. Essentially the Reading & Display option **could** be duplicated to say: --In preview Pane------ Mark messages as read ( ) Immediately after displaying ( ) After displaying for this many seconds: [ 30] (*) Only when I click "mark as read" --In Message Windows and Tabs------ Mark messages as read (*) Immediately after opening ( ) After displaying for this many seconds: [ 30] ( ) Only when I click "mark as read" This is possibly overkill, but would give a superset of the options available in Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Live Mail and Eurora.
I support the analysis & proposals in Comment 2 from Ben above; I've just moved to Thunderbird from Outlook 2003 as support for the latter has ended, and am still trying to get to grips with T'bird.
This used to bother me too: I would even avoid deleting a message before I was ready to read the next one because the inbox automatically advances and the next message would be marked read even if I hadn't read it. I decided to unvote, however, because I discovered the utility of the inbox 'read' column while experimenting with 'mark as read on preview' disabled. No right-clicking or visiting menus. Love it.
I can't imagine us implimenting this, or taking a patch if it were offered. Can you?
Indeed, such a feature is so minimal that it probably isn't worth the maintenance burden/extra UI.
Yeah, I agree, and it seems like Patrick has found a decent workaround.
3 years ago