Changing the Color Associated with the Unread Line in Outlook 2013

With the Outlook 2013th application, Microsoft has introduced an uber-cool new look and feel. It has unleashed a new design, rolled out message previews, changed the way emails are organized besides introducing a host of advanced features. In fact an old Outlook user is likely to be overwhelmed by the series of changes that this version has introduced. While most of these changes have been largely well received, some of them can appear as unnecessary. Doing away completely with the Journal feature has brushed of many users in wrong way while hiding the Notes feature too has not gone down well with some others. When it comes to the UI most changes seems to be well thought out. One of these subtle changes includes placing a blue line next all items that are unread. In this article we would look at changing the color of this line to our liking.


Altering the Color Associated with the unread line

If you are wondering why on earth one would like to change the color of the unread line then reasons can be many. Some users may like to avoid such emails sticking out prominently and would prefer a white line to mix with the milieu. In contrast busy users who tend to miss out on emails may prefer a red line instead of the default blue one. Now if you with to change the associated color just follow the steps mentioned below.

  1. Launch the Ms Outlook 2013 application
  2. Head to the View tab and then click on View Settings
  3. Now under Conditional Formatting dialog box you need select Unread Messages
  4. In the same screen under the heading Properties of the selected rule click on Font
  5. Next you need to change the associated color to your liking and click on Ok to save them.


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