Step-by-Step Guide to Show the Full Text of an Email in Outlook

Are you tired of Outlook cutting off your email texts in the middle? Do you want to view messages entirely and not have to rely on Outlook's truncated message previews? In this documentation, we'll provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to show the full text of emails in Outlook.


Before you get started, you'll need to have Outlook installed on your system. You must also have an email account linked in your Outlook account.


  1. Launch Outlook on your computer and click on the View tab.
  2. In the Layout section, click on the Message preview drop-down menu.
  3. Select Full preview to view the entire message.


Here are some of the commonly asked questions related to showing the full text of emails in Outlook:

What is Outlook?

Outlook is a personal information manager from Microsoft that can be used as an email application, task manager, calendaring, contact manager, and more.

How can I get Outlook?

You can get Outlook on its own or in combination with Microsoft Office. It is available on both Windows and macOS systems.

Do I have to pay for Outlook?

There is a paid version of Outlook for individuals that is part of Microsoft 365 subscription. There is also a free version of Outlook available for Windows PC users.

How do I view emails in full in Outlook?

To view emails in their entirety, click on the View tab in Outlook and then select Full preview from the Message preview drop-down menu.

What other features does Outlook offer?

Outlook offers users a range of features including task management, calendar synchronization, and third-party add-ins. It also allows users to customize the look and feel of their inbox.

Great! You’ve successfully signed up.

Welcome back! You've successfully signed in.

You've successfully subscribed to

Success! Check your email for magic link to sign-in.

Success! Your billing info has been updated.

Your billing was not updated.