From Microsoft Outlook 2010 to 2013: Changes to the Mail View


When Outlook 2013 opens into the Mail view, the navigation panel is now collapsed by default.  Previously in the 2010 version, this panel took up approximately one third of the entire viewing screen.  This particular enhancement reduces the visual clutter.  Now when the Mail view opens, all that shows is the mailbox and the reader pane which share the screen fifty-fifty.
The reader pane itself is privy to some convenient new updates also.  Before in Outlook 2010, after clicking the Reply, Reply to all or Forward features across the top of the ribbon, a new window would pop open in which to compose an email.  Now in 2013,  these same options to compose emails appear right across the top of the reader pane.  When clicked, the email can be composed right inside the reader pane.  This cuts down on the clutter of open screens.
Outlook 2013 inline reply, from Mail List view.
The Mail view provides some other improvements as well.  Instead of just showing the amount of unread emails at the top of the inbox, there is now a way to sort the emails by using the All and Unread buttons that are provided there.  No more digging through your inbox to see which email was missed.  Now in 2013 version, just click Unread and immediately see all of those skipped emails.
Another handy feature in 2013 is that there is an X inside the email item boxes themselves to be used for immediate deletion.  In the former 2010 version you would have to redirect your mouse up to the top of the panel for that X to delete.  Also, now it’s  possible to view the inbox items with a few lines of email text showing so emails can be easily sorted through without actually viewing their full contents.  The 2010 version only offers sight of the sender and subject line.  In addition there is a completely new zoom feature which will increase the size the viewed email font.

In Outlook 2013, you can delete email messages directly from the Mail View by clicking on X.
Deleting email from Outlook 2013 mail view


The Sneak Peak feature is another brand new feature introduced in Outlook 2013.  In the bottom half of the collapsed navigation panel are icons representing the familiar Mail, Calendar, Contacts (now called People in the 2013 version) and Tasks.  Info from these sections can be obtained without actually having to click into the icons.  For example, if you hover your mouse over the Calendar icon, you can see the current month’s calendar appear and if you click on any certain day, you can sneak a peek at anything scheduled for that day.

Image shows the sneak peek icons in MS Outlook 2013.
Sneak peek in Outlook 2013
These are only some of the changes and improvements that have happened from the Outlook 2010 version to the current 2013 version.  The basic functionality of
the program remains the same.  However, these newest improvements do provide further convenience and streamlined functionality when using the inbox view.

Outlook Alternative: Viewing MS Outlook .PST Files With Pst Viewer Pro

With the update of Outlook 2013, Microsoft has reaffirmed it’s commitment to Outlook as an important part of the Office suite, launching into the touch world of Windows 8.  I’ve been a user since 2000, and over the years have accumulated a large collection of .pst and .msg email files that contain an important business and relationship history.  Pst files are the Outlook database files that store all of your email messages, calendar items, file attachments, contacts, etc., and they can get quite large.   I also have Windows folders filled with .msg and .eml files; these are individual email messages that have been saved outside of Outlook.

Pst Viewer Pro  is a tool that can augment my relationship to MS Outlook. It provides a flexible capability to view email stored in my older Outlook pst, .ost, .msg or .eml files.

Pst Viewer Pro is an Outlook viewer for Windows. Search .pst and .ost files. Download a free trial.

Use the folder navigation on the left side of Pst Viewer Pro to select the location of your .pst or .msg files.  Pst Viewer Pro can read an entire directory of thousands of individual .msg files, or if can open a single .pst  or .ost file and display all of the emails inside.  To select a .pst file, click on it. This will cause the emails to be displayed in the mail list.

Pst Viewer Pro's folder list showing a directory with many Outlook .pst files.

Click on any email in the mail list that you would like to view, and it will be displayed in the viewing pane. Messages are rendered in full html, rich text or text formatting, with hyperlinks active.  If you double click on an email in the list, it will be displayed in a separate window that supports full screen viewing.  You can have multiple emails open in this manner.

Pst Viewer Pro’s toolbar provides quick access to often used functions, including export functions, including the capability to export selected emails to PDF and other formats.

Toolbar for PST Viewer Pro
Pst Viewer Pro Tool Bar

To export emails to pdf, first search the .pst file to find the email messages you want to convert to .pdf.
Next, select the email messages from the mail list.  To select all emails in the list, type Ctrol-A on your Windows keyboard.
Finally, select the desired export profile from the drop down list and then click the start button. An animated image below will demonstrate the entire process of searching, selecting, and exporting.

Image shows how to search a Outlook .pst file and then convert the emails into .pdf file.
Search a pst file and export emails to .pdf

Pst Viewer Pro is a multi-functional email viewer that supports .pst, .msg, .eml and .ost files. You can search for emails, view them in the viewing pane, and even export emails to .pdf,  and other formats.  Pst Viewer Pro helps manage your email content.  Download a trial today and enjoy Pst Viewer Pro free for 15 days.