After introducing Focussed Inbox, Microsoft has introduced another new feature in its Mail app for Windows 10. The newest version of the Mail app in Windows 10 now displays a small circle with sender initials or pictures (if available) next to email messages in the list.
The ability to show sender pictures in the message list was previously available in Office Outlook. The feature is turned on by default for all user accounts in the Mail app.
The feature displays sender pictures in the message list of Windows 10 Mail so that you can easily find the email you are looking for. When sender picture is not available, the circle displays initials of the sender.
Not all PC users like to see sender picture or initials in the message list. If you also like to have a clean message list without those circles, you can turn off the feature under Mail settings.
Show or hide sender pictures or initials in message list
Complete the given below directions to show or hide circles with sender pictures or initials in the message list of Windows 10 Mail app.
IMPORTANT: You need NOT to be running Windows 10 Creators Update to show or hide sender pictures in message list.
Step 2: Click Settings (gear icon) to open Settings flyout. The Settings or gear icon appears at the lower-left of the Mail window.
Step 3: Click Reading.
Step 4: Finally, under Conversation section, turn off Show sender pictures in the message list option to hide sender pictures or circles next to emails in the message list.
If Show sender pictures in the message list option doesn’t exist, it’s likely because you are not running the newest version of the Mail app. Please wait for a few more days or manually update the Mail app and then check again.
To see circles with sender pictures or sender initials in the message list again, turn on Show sender pictures in the message list option.