message in Inbox loses the highlighted color

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I am wondering if there is a solution on the following issue.

Personally I do not like white background in documents as it is hard on my eyes, so I go to Windows settings and change the background to a grey color. So my Word and Excel opens up with a grey background, as does outlook.
I am using outlook 2007 at my new job (was using outlook 2003 previously). So I changed the background to grey as well. The issue I discovered is that:

1. When I select a message in the message list in Inbox, the message title is highlighted in light blue.

2. However if I click in the body of the message (I use reading pane so email message does not open in a separate window), the light blue highlight color is lost in Inbox. The message title now is highlighted in grey.

3. Because the background is grey, I now have no idea which message I am on in Inbox.

4. If I change the Windows setting background back to white, the blue highlight is still lost but at least the grey color stands out in the white background. But I don"t want a white background.

I googled and looked around Outlook settings but couldn"t find a solution. In Outlook 2003, there was no such issue. The blue highlight stayed.

Guruprasad Ra

Are you using a standalone version Of Outlook or it is a part of the Office suite?

If it is a part of office suite, the try changing the outlook background colors.

Open a new mail message > Click on Office Button >Editor Options > Popular > color scheme > change the color scheme and check if this helps.



I have already tried that. It does not. The Inbox message background turns to grey if the mouse is clicked elsewhere. The color scheme changes the Outlook window border colors, not the Windows background color. Do you have another solution or is this a minor 'bug' to fix?


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