How to Split Outlook Message Window for More Convenient View

When we receive a pretty long email message in Outlook, we will have to scroll up and down repeatedly to view it. It is a little bit cumbersome. So why not use “Split window” feature in Outlook? This article will talk about it in detail.

By splitting Outlook message window, you will be able to view a long message in 2 areas, both of which are scrollable and editable. In this case, irrespective of how long the messages are, you can view them without repetitively scrolling upward and downward. It will be much more convenient. But the concrete steps to split window vary with the Outlook versions which you are using. Here we will begin to introduce them respectively.

For Outlook 2010 and Older

In Outlook 2010 and previous versions, splitting the message window is pretty simple. No matter when you are viewing an email or composing a new email, you will see a small gray line under message header and above the vertical scrollbar and the ruler icon, shown as the image below.Small Line under Message Header

You can move your cursor on this line. Subsequently, your cursor will become a line with two arrows, one of which is pointing upwards and the other pointing downwards. Now click on the small line, keep pressing the left mouse button and drag the line downward. Immediately the message window will be split into two areas with two respective vertical scrollbar.Split Outlook Message Window

In this way, you will be able to check and review the message more conveniently regardless of how long the message is. Similarly, if you would like to restore the message window, you can drag the central splitting line to the top of the message.

For Outlook 2013 and Newer

In comparison, the “Split Window” feature is more hidden in Outlook 2013 and newer. You ought to add “Split” command to Quick Access Toolbar.

  1. To start with, click the down arrow in the Quick Access Toolbar and select “More Commands” from the drop down list.
  2. Then in the “Outlook Options” window, you should take the following steps:Add Split Command to Quick Access Toolbar
  • At first, select “All Commands” in “Choose commands from” field.
  • From the following list, select “Split”
  • Next click “Add” button in center.
  • Lastly click “OK” button at bottom to enable the changes.
  1. After backing to the Outlook main interface, you will see the “Split” icon in the Quick Access Toolbar.Split Window Command in QAT of Outlook 2013
  2. More surprisingly, this feature can also work in the Reading Pane, which was not supported in Outlook 2010 and older initially. Now you can have a try.
  • Select an email and then hit the “Split” button in Quick Access Toolbar.
  • The message will be split in half promptly. You can click on the splitting line, keep pressing left mouse button and drag the line to resize the splitting window as per your needs.Resize the Splitting Window
  • To undo the splitting, you can click “Split” icon once again.

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