Learn how to enable or disable Link Preview in Outlook on Windows 11



This guide details how to toggle Link Preview in the new Outlook for Windows 11, a feature showing a title, image, and description for URLs in emails. Enabling it helps identify link content without clicking, while disabling offers a simpler email view. Users adjust Link Preview via ‘Settings’ -> ‘Mail’ -> ‘Compose and reply.’

This article explains how to enable or disable “Link Preview” in the new Outlook app on Windows 11.

The new Outlook for Windows brings the latest features and a modern and simplified design with support for Exchange-backed Microsoft 365 work or school, Outlook.com, Hotmail, and Gmail accounts.

The app has many features, including support for subscription managementemail forwardingsetting default From addressbacking up your mailboxchanging the reading paneopening a new window for a messagelanguage translationsturning text predictions on or offswitch primary accountsharing a calendar, changing language, date and time formatpublic a calendarshow week numbers in Outlook calendardeleting your search historyexport your search history, add or remove events from emails to your Calendarswitch to dark mode, and more.

When you add a URL to an email message in Outlook or receive an email message with a URL in the body, you’ll see a rich preview that includes a link title, thumbnail image, and link description.

Enabling or disabling the Link Preview feature in Outlook can be useful for those who prefer a more streamlined and simplified view of their emails. With Link Preview turned on, you can see a rich preview of the link that includes a link title, thumbnail image, and link description.

This can be helpful for quickly identifying the content of the link without actually having to click on it. On the other hand, some users may find it distracting or unnecessary and prefer a more text-based view. In that case, they can choose to disable the Link Preview feature.

Turn Link Preview on or off in Outlook

As mentioned above, users can enable or disable Link Preview in Outlook in the app on Windows.

Here’s how to do it.

First, open the new Outlook app on Windows 11.

You can do that by clicking Start -> All app -> Outlook app. Or use the Start menu search box to search for ‘Outlook ‘and open it.

Open the new Outlook app in Windows 11

When the app opens, click the Settings button (gear on the top right) to proceed.

Add Gmail to Outlook app in Windows 11

Click the ‘Mail‘ tab on the left sidebar on the Settings page.

Next, click the ‘Compose and reply‘ on the Mail options window. Under Link preview, clear the Preview links in the email check box to turn off Link Preview.

Select the Preview links in email check box to turn Link Preview back on.

enable or disable link preview in Outlook Windows 11

That should do it!


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