How to Send an Email with High Importance Level in Outlook 2013

Some email messages are more important than others. Most email users receive a high volume of messages throughout the day, and will choose to give each of them a level of priority based on their personal assumptions. But if a message that you are sending is more important than others, you might be looking for a way that you can effectively indicate this.

One method to make a message stand out in an Outlook inbox is to mark it as High Importance. Other Outlook users will see a red exclamation mark next to that message in their inbox, and may choose to act on that message instead of a different one. Our guide below will show you how you can modify the importance level of an Outlook email.


Mark an Email as High Importance in Outlook 2013

The steps in the tutorial below will allow you to send an email with high importance. This means that other Outlook users will see a red exclamation point next to the message when they view it in Outlook. Many email providers, however, may not do anything to indicate that you have modified the importance level for the message.

Step 1: Open Outlook 2013.


Step 2: Click the Home tab at the top of the window, then click the New Email button at the left end of the ribbon.

start a new email



Step 3: Click the Message tab at the top of the window.

click the message tab



Step 4: Click the High Importance button in the Tags section of the ribbon.

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You can then complete the message and click the Send button to send the message with high importance. Your recipient will see a red exclamation point next to the message in their Outlook inbox.

high importance email example


You can adjust the default importance levels in Outlook 2013 as well, so that every message you send has either low, normal, or high importance. Read this article to learn where the default importance level setting is located. newsletter

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