Reading Pane in Outlook – do not mark as read when mail selection changes

Applies to Outlook 2007 and above

Some people prefer to keep the reading pane turned on; but find it annoying when the messages get marked as read when they merely scroll through their mails

You can overcome this; with the below option in Outlook

Outlook 2010

File – Options – Advanced – Reading Pane

Outlook_Options

 

Reading_Pane

Ensure the you Uncheck  the second checkbox; Mark item as read when selection changes

Outlook 2007

Tools – Options – Other – Reading Pane