Windows from the Keyboard Tips, How to Disable Show In Groups Feature in Outlook Email, August 5, 2020

Hello. This is Gerry Chevalier from the GTT Edmonton Chapter. This weekly blog provides tips that I find useful as a keyboard user of Windows. The information is for Windows10 and Office 365, although many tips still apply to older versions.  The tips do not require a screen reader unless specifically noted. Thus, the tips apply whether you are a keyboard user or low vision mouse user. Here is this week’s tip.

Outlook Email – How to Disable the Show in Groups  Feature

For keyboard users, the Outlook email feature to group your messages can cause confusion. It allows messages to be grouped by date and when you arrow up and down your message list this may result in messages not appearing that you know should be there. You can collapse or expand the ‘Show in Groups’ by using left or right arrow respectively. On the other hand, you may wish to just disable the Show in Groups feature. To do this, while in your Outlook email, press Alt+V to go to the View Tab of the ribbon. Then, press Tab until you reach the Arrange By submenu. Press Enter to open this submenu and Tab to the Show in Groups checkbox and press space bar if it is checked. This disables the Show in Groups feature for your current email folder. Unfortunately, you will need to do this for each of your email folders.

That’s it for this tip. Until next Wednesday, happy computing.