[Updated] Microsoft Outlook quick actions (Delete, Move, Mark Unread) location change leaves many frustrated, demand option to revert

New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….

Original story (published on May 25, 2022) follows:

Outlook (formerly known as Hotmail) is Microsoft’s email service. Although Gmail has become increasingly popular over the years, Outlook remains a robust service and a favorite for many.

Outlook offers its users multiple tools and options to improve the management of their emails. One of those tools is ‘quick actions’.

As its name suggests, ‘quick actions’ offers direct access to some of the most used options. For instance, the quick actions section includes options like Delete, Move and Mark Unread emails.

For years, Outlook users got used to accessing quick actions on a daily basis with ease thanks to the convenient positioning of the section.

But, recently Microsoft Outlook quick actions location changed, and many users are unhappy about it.

Microsoft Outlook new quick actions frustrating many

According to reports, the change in positioning in Microsoft Outlook quick actions section is not being well received.

Previously, Microsoft Outlook quick actions location was between the Sender’s name and Subject for each message. But now, Microsoft has moved the option to the far right side of the screen.

Many users seem to find the new quick actions location awkward and inconvenient. So, they are demanding for an option to revert the change.


outlook.live.com quick actions moved to far right of email and I can’t move them back beside Sender/From and Subject.

My outlook.live.com quick actions moved to the far right of subject and received column and I can’t move them back beside sender and subject. The quick actions appear on far right of email. I went to Mail – Customize actions -Quick actions. The template shows them on right but the screen narrative shows “Quick actions appear beside sender names and subject lines in your message list”.

Quick actions – location changed in inbox?


Starting today, the location of the Quick Actions has moved in the Inbox message list. They had been located between the Sender name and Subject for each message but now have moved to the far right side of the screen, which I find cumbersome to use.

Does anyone know of a way to change the location of the columns in Outlook.com or at least the location of these?

At the moment, there is no way to customize the interface and restore the option to where it was before.

The only thing I see in Settings is the ability to toggle on/off the various Quick Actions themselves (e.g. Pin, Categorize, Delete, etc.)

And there is also no official acknowledgment on the issue from the Microsoft team yet. But as usual, we will update this story as events unfold.

Update 1 (May 26)

05:20 pm (IST): A Redditor has created a script that reverts back the location changes of quick actions.

So, those who are uncomfortable with the new one can download the script from here. And if you are not aware of how to download the script then head here.

Update 2 (May 27)

07:12 pm (IST): A Redditor alleged that he spoke with the Microsoft support team and they said that the change in position of quick actions is part of the new design change that has been in review for about a month.

Moreover, this change can still be reversed if users send their feedback. Here’s how you can send feedback.

– Login to your account using a browser and select the question mark icon at the top right and then select Give Feedback.

– A new option will appear, please select the right option to give a feedback. (Source)

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