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How to Enable and Disable the Separate Message Editing Window for Replies in Outlook 2013

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Outlook 2013 introduces the in-line reply feature, which allows you to reply to an email directly in the Reading pane, instead of opening a separate window. However, if you prefer to use the separate message editing window, there is an easy way to access it.

NOTE: If you have the Reading pane active but you can’t see the selected email in it, the People pane might be in the way. To hide the People pane, click the down arrow on the far right of the top of the pane.

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You should see the Reply, Reply All and Forward buttons at the top of the message in the Reading pane. Click one of these buttons to reply to or forward the currently selected message.

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A simple editing pane displays directly in the Reading pane. To access a separate message editing window for writing your reply or forwarding an email, click Pop Out above the Send button on the message.

NOTE: If you decide not to reply to or forward this email, click Discard.

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The separate message editing window displays with it’s own set of ribbon tabs and commands.

NOTE: To not send the reply or forwarded email once the separate message window opens, click the X in the upper, right corner of the window. If a confirmation dialog box displays asking if you want to save changes, click No.

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You can choose to always display the separate message editing window when replying to or forwarding emails. To do this, click the File tab on the main Outlook window.

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Click Options on the left side of the Account Information screen.

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On the Outlook Options dialog box, click Mail in the list of options on the left.

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On the Mail screen, scroll down to the Replies and forwards section and select the Open replies and forwards in a new window check box. Click OK to save the change and close the dialog box.

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Now, whenever you reply to an email or forward an email, a separate message editing window will display.

Lori Kaufman is a freelance technical writer who likes to write geeky how-to articles to help make people's lives easier through the use of technology. She loves watching and reading mysteries and is an avid Doctor Who fan.

  • Published 09/26/13

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