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How to create folders in Outlook in 4 simple steps

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  • Outlook folders can be used to organize everything from emails to contacts to tasks to your various calendars.
  • The method used to create an Outlook folder in the most recent 2019 version of the software will work for several older variations of the software as well.
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Outlook can become a crowded place fast. You’ve got emails from coworkers, clients, managers, and your direct reports. You might also have four different calendars to manage. And you also have your contacts, messages, and the list goes on.

As in all of life, so too in Outlook: organization is key. The good news is that in all the recent versions of Outlook, making folders into which you can organize everything from a certain category of email to a batch of notes is as easy as creating a new folder.

Here’s how to create folders in Outlook.

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How to create folders in Outlook

1. Open Outlook and log in if needed.

2. On the left menu, click on Mail, Calendars, Contacts, or wherever you want to add the new folder.

3. Right click on the desired location of the new folder (“Sent Items” e.g.) and select “New Folder” from the popup window.

Create folders in Outlook 1

Create folders in Outlook 1


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4. Right click and type in a name for the folder added organization achieved.

Create folders in Outlook 2

Create folders in Outlook 2


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And remember that you can always right click on a folder to rename it if you want.

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