Change the look of your Outlook.com mailbox

You can change the appearance of the message list and reading pane in Outlook.com. Choose whether your messages should be sorted into Focused and Other tabs and whether you want your email displayed as individual messages or as conversations.

Change how email is displayed

To change the layout of the message window, at the top of the page, select Settings > View all Outlook settings > Mail > Layout.

Change how your email is sorted

  1. At the top of the message list, select Filter.

  2. Select Sort by and choose how you want to sort your email.

    A screenshot of the Filter menu with Sort By selected

Turn Conversation view on or off

  1. At the top of the page, select Settings Settings to open Quick settings.

  2. Under Conversation view, choose one of the following:

    • To sort messages by conversation, select Newest messages on top or Newest messages on bottom.

    • To show email as individual messages, select Off.

Turn Focused Inbox on or off

  1. At the top of the page, select Settings Settings to open Quick settings.

  2. Next to Focused Inbox, select the toggle to turn Focused Inbox on or off.

    Focused Inbox toggle

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