Displaying/Hiding the Reading Pane

You can display or hide a Reading pane that displays the header and partial contents of the selected message.

To do so, on the View tab, in the Layout group, choose Reading Pane:

Layout in Outlook 2016

You can specify where the Reading Pane should be placed:

  • Right:
Right Layout in Outlook 2016
  • Bottom:
Bottom Layout in Outlook 2016
  • Or turn off the Reading pane.