Filtering and sorting the emails in your inbox gets really important as the amount of messages in that inbox grows. The more emails you have, the harder it can be to find a specific one that you just received.
If your Outlook emails are sorted by name or subject, then locating new emails can be really difficult. Luckily Outlook gives you the ability to change your email sorting to a number of different option, including by date. Our guide below will show you how to sort emails by date in Outlook 2013 so that your newest emails are at the top of the inbox.
How to Switch to Date Sorting in Outlook
The steps in this article were performed in Outlook 2013, but will work in most other versions of Outlook as well. We are going to be focusing specifically on sorting the inbox emails by date, with the most recent messages at the top.
Note that after you perform this sort, your inbox will automatically go to whichever email was selected when you performed the sort. So if you were looking at an older email you will need to scroll back up to the top of the list to see the newest ones.
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Step 1: Open Outlook 2013.
Step 2: Locate the current sorting at the top of the inbox, under the search bar.
Step 3: Click the dropdown menu, then choose the Date option.
If it says Oldest next to the By Date option, then you will need to click that button to put your newest emails at the top of the inbox. Your settings should look like the ones indicated in the image below.
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