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Manage your Outlook Inbox with the Focused Inbox feature

Microsoft continues to add features to help us manage our inboxes. They have had a feature called Clutter which is an email sorting tool that learns your email habits and then filters and moves low priority messages you typically ignore (not Junk mail) to the Clutter folder. You could help Clutter learn faster by dragging email from your Inbox to Clutter.

Microsoft is replacing the Clutter feature and switching to Focused Inbox. Once you enable the feature, your Inbox will have two tabs at the top — Focused and Other. You can teach Outlook what matters most to you by moving emails between Focused and Other, and setting overrides to make sure emails from certain senders always show up in a particular destination.

You can keep using the Clutter folder until it is no longer available or you can switch to the Focused Inbox now. Once you switch to Focused Inbox, messages will no longer be sent to your Clutter folder. Any messages already in your Clutter folder will remain there until you decide to delete or move them.

Turn on Focused Inbox in Outlook on the Web

  1. Click the Settings link.
  2. Click Display settings.
  3. On the menu, click Focused Inbox.
  4. Click Sort messages into Focused and Other.
  5. Click OK twice.

We are investigating if this will be available for the Outlook 2016 desktop client.