The interface of Microsoft Outlook 2013 has changed drastically from previous versions of the email client. Though there is no easy way to switch back to the classic Outlook layout and views, you can configure some of the new features to resemble the features in previous versions. For example, you can remove the first line of each message that now displays by default, leaving only subject lines in your message list. You can change the blue text in the subject lines back to black, and you can resize the subject line text closer to the size of other fonts in the message list.

Remove First Line of Message

Step 1

Open Outlook, then click the “View” tab.

Step 2

Click the drop-down arrow next to the “Message Preview” button in the navigation ribbon.

Step 3

Click “Off” in the Message Preview menu to disable the display of the first line in the message. You can also click “2 Lines” to display two lines of message text, or click “3 Lines” to display three lines, should you wish to see more message content.

Change Subject Text Color

Step 1

Click the “View” tab, then click “View Settings.”

Step 2

Click the “Conditional Formatting” button to open the Conditional Formatting dialog box.

Step 3

Click the “Unread Messages” check box, then click the “Font” button.

Step 4

Click the “Color” drop-down box, then click the desired color. Click “Black” to revert to the look of earlier versions of Outlook.

Reduce Subject Text Size

Step 1

Click the “View” tab, then click “View Settings.”

Step 2

Click the “Conditional Formatting” button to open the Conditional Formatting dialog box.

Step 3

Click the “Add” button to open the New Rule dialog box.

Step 4

Type a name for the new rule in the Name field, then click the “Font” button.

Step 5

Click the “Smaller” option in the Font dialog box. Leave the Condition field empty.

Step 6

Check the check box in front of the name of the rule you just created, then click “OK.” A warning message will be displayed, indicating that you have not assigned a condition. Click “Yes” to continue.

Step 7

Click “OK” once again to close the Conditional Formatting dialog box. The subject line text is now a similar size to the rest of the text in the message list.