Managing emails can be difficult when you receive a lot of promotional and junk emails in your inbox. Many email providers are switching to an inbox management system that will automatically categorize these emails into different sections. For example, Gmail uses one that will separate emails into different tabs. Outlook.com takes a slightly different approach with something called the Focused Inbox.
If you would like to try the Focused Inbox, or if you already have it and would prefer not to use it, then you can toggle that setting in the Outlook.com settings. Our tutorial below will show you where to find this option so that you can see which inbox view you prefer.
How to Enable or Disable the Focused Inbox on Outlook.com
The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser. Completing these steps will allow you to toggle the focused inbox for your Outlook.com email address when viewing in your Web browser.
Step 1: Sign into your Outlook email account at www.outlook.com.
Step 2: Click the Settings icon at the top-right corner of the window. It’s the one that looks like a gear.
Step 3: Click the button to the right of Focused Inbox. The inbox view will change as soon as you make the change, so you will be able to see whether or not you like the change. If you don’t like it, simply click the Focused Inbox button again to return to the previous setting.
If you elect to use the Focused Inbox in Outlook.com, there is a toggle at the top of the inbox that says Focused and Other. Emails that appear on the Focused tab are the ones that Outlook.com thinks are important. You can view the other emails by clicking the Other tab.
Now that you know how to turn the Outlook.com Focused Inbox on or off, you can control what of your emails are shown when you navigate to the inbox in the Web app.
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Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
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