Outlook will reopen emails after a crash just like a browser

Claudiu Andone
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  • Microsoft is updating Outlook to reopen emails after a crash or a restart, just like a browser with its tabs.
  • This feature is available only for insiders, in the Beta Channel Version 2006 (Build 13001.20002).
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Outlook will reopen emails after restart

Years ago, you would have pulled your hair off when you had to restart your Windows PC, just because you would have lost all your browsing tabs.

The browsers learned to remember them and now, your sessions are safe. If you do the same with e-mails in Outlook, we have great news.

Microsoft is updating Outlook to reopen emails after a crash or a restart, just like a browser with its tabs.

Microsoft Outlook reopens items from the previous session

Some people open several e-mails in separate windows just to remember which ones to reply to later. It’s a good thing unless your laptop runs out of battery or the system just crashes.

We added an option to quickly reopen items from a previous Outlook session. Whether Outlook crashes or you close it, you’ll now be able to quickly relaunch items when you reopen the app.

, writes Microsoft in the release notes from the Office Insider beta channel.

Outlook reopen closed items after restart

Note: This feature is available only for insiders, in the Beta Channel Version 2006 (Build 13001.20002) 

How can I turn this feature OFF in Outlook?

Microsoft specifies that this feature will be turned on by default and you probably should leave it like that if you only use Outlook on your personal computer.

However, if you use Outlook on other computers just to check your email, it would be a good idea to turn the feature OFF at least temporarily.

To do that, you will have to go to Options > General > Start up Options.

What do you think about the new Outlook feature? Leave us a line in the comments below.