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How to Split the Message Window in Outlook for Easier Email Composition

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Despite all the collaboration alternatives in Office 365, email remains a common place for back-and-forth communication that sometimes becomes lengthy. How do you manage the large amount of information when you’re working with a long email chain? You can lose precious time scrolling up and down and trying to keep track of all the details.

While splitting your screen/window in your Outlook email reply doesn’t 100% solve the information overload problem, it does offer a solution for managing those long emails.

To split your Outlook email reply window into two scrollable panes, you’ll first add a command to the Quick Access Toolbar and then use it in replies. Follow the instructions in the video above, or:

  1. From the File tab, select Options.
  2. Select Quick Access Toolbar.
  3. Choose Commands Not in the Ribbon from the “Choose commands from” drop-down menu.
  4. Select Split and click Add >>.
  5. Click OK.

The Split command will be added to your QAT. When you have an email reply, whether nested in your Outlook window or popped out into a new window, you can select the Split icon and the body of your reply will be split into two scrollable screens.

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