Browsers and Mail Turn On or Off Focused Inbox in Outlook for Windows 11

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This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off using the Focused Inbox in the Outlook for Windows app for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

The new Outlook for Windows brings the latest features, intelligent assisted capabilities and a new modern and simplified design to your Outlook app. You can tailor it to your style and do more with new Outlook for Windows.

Starting in June 2023, Microsoft is beginning the process of migrating existing Windows Mail, Calendar, and People users to the new Outlook for Windows.

Beginning in 2024, Windows 11 devices will be shipped with the new Outlook for Windows as the default mailbox application free for all to use. The Mail and Calendar apps will continue to be available via download in the Microsoft Store through the end of 2024. On existing devices, users can switch to the new Outlook for Windows from a toggle in the Mail and Calendar apps.

Focused Inbox separates your inbox into two tabs—Focused and Other. Your most important email messages are on the Focused tab while the rest remain easily accessible—but out of the way—on the Other tab.

In Outlook for Windows, Focused Inbox is available only for Microsoft 365, Exchange, and email accounts.


EXAMPLE: Focused Inbox turned on and off in Outlook for Windows


Here's How:

1 Open the Outlook for Windows app.

2 Click/tap on the Settings (gear) icon on the toolbar. (see screenshot below)


3 In Settings, click/tap on Mail in the left pane, and click/tap on Layout in the middle pane. (see screenshot below)


4 If you have more than one email account added to Outlook, then select the email account in the Focused Inbox drop menu you want to apply changes to. (see screenshot below)


5 Under "Focused Inbox", select (dot) Sort messages in Focused and Other (on) or Don't sort my messages (off) for what you want applied to this email account, and click/tap on Save. (see screenshot below)


6 You can now close the Settings window if you like.

That's it,
Shawn Brink

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