Turn Off Reading Pane in Outlook to Avoid Seeing Spam Images

We have a very thorough email spam filter here at Winnefox, but there are still a few spam messages that slip through the gates. To avoid seeing explicit and/or not-safe-for-work images in spam email messages, turn off Outlook's reading pane.

In Outlook the reading pane is on by default.  To turn it off -- in both Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2007 -- here's all you need to do:

  1. On Outlook's Menu bar click "View"
  2. Hover your mouse pointer over "Reading Pane"
  3. Click "Off"

Note: You must turn the Reading Pane on or off for each of your mail folders individually. I suggest turning it off on just your "Inbox" and "Junk E-Mail" folders.