Message Settings

Outlook message window does not show all message fields. There many fields hidden behind the Options button, where you can set message priority, delivery notifications, etc.

To set message options, open a new e-mail and on the Message tab, in the Options group, click the Message Options Dialog Box Launcher:

Message Options menu in Outlook 2016

In the Message Settings area, set any of the following options for your message:

Message Options in Outlook 2016
  • Click the Importance drop-down arrow and choose a priority level of Low, Normal, or High from the list. Low priority is denoted on a message by a down-pointing arrow, whereas a High priority is denoted by a red exclamation point. When importance isn't specified, the message is given Normal importance.
  • Click the Sensitivity drop-down arrow and choose one of the following options:
    • Normal - Use this option to indicate that the message contents are standard or customary.
    • Personal - Use this option to suggest that the message contents are of a personal nature. A banner is placed at the top of the message that reads "Please treat this as Personal."
    • Private - Use this option to prevent the message from being edited (text changes, copy, paste, and so on) after you send it. A banner is placed at the top of the message that reads "Please treat this as Private."
    • Confidential - Use this option to indicate that the message contents are restricted or private. Confidential messages can be edited by the recipient. Marking the message Confidential is only to suggest how the recipient should handle the contents of the message. A banner is placed at the top of the message that reads "Please treat this as Confidential."

Note: Mark All Messages As Private You can mark all your new messages as private automatically. Choose Tools -> Options. On the Preferences tab, click the E-mail Options button. In the E-mail Options dialog box, click the Advanced E-mail Options button. Use the Sensitivity drop-down box at the bottom of the Advanced E-mail Options dialog box to set the default sensitivity for all your new e-mail messages.

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