Use categories in Outlook.com

Categories let you easily identify and group messages in Outlook.com. Choose from default categories or create your own, and assign one or more categories to your messages.

Note: Currently, you can't sort messages by category in Outlook.com.

Assign a category to a message

  1. Sign in to Outlook.com.

  2. Select a message you want to categorize.

  3. Select Categories and choose the category you want to use.

    A screenshot of the Categories button

Create a category

  1. Sign in to Outlook.com.

  2. Select a message you want to categorize.

  3. Select Categories > New category.

  4. Type a name for the category.

Change the color of a category

  1. Sign in to Outlook.com.

  2. Select any message.

  3. Select Categories > Manage categories.

  4. Select the category you want to edit, and then select the arrow next to it.

    A screenshot of the arrow next to a category

  5. Choose the color you want to use, and select OK.

Delete a category

  1. Sign in to Outlook.com.

  2. Select any message.

  3. Select Categories > Manage categories.

  4. Select the category you want to delete, and then select Delete The Delete icon .

    A screenshot of the Delete button

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See Also

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