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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.

Choose your version for instructions

The instructions are slightly different depending on whether you're using the Outlook.com beta. Choose which version of Outlook.com you're using to see the instructions that apply to you.

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IF YOUR MAILBOX LOOKS LIKE...

A screenshot of the top left corner of the Outlook.com beta mailbox

See Instructions for the Outlook.com beta.

A screenshot of the top left corner of the classic Outlook.com mailbox

See Instructions for classic Outlook.com.

Instructions for the Outlook.com beta

Change how email is displayed

  • At the top of the page, select Settings Settings > View full 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.

    A screenshot of the Focused Inbox toggle in Quick settings

Instructions for classic Outlook.com

Change how email is displayed

  • At the top of the page, select Settings Settings > Display settings.

    A screenshot of the Settings button on the navigation bar.

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 message list, select Filter.

  2. Select Show as > Messages or Conversations.

    A screenshot of the Filter menu with Show as selected

Turn Focused Inbox on or off

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

  2. Select Show Focused Inbox.

    A screenshot of the Filter menu with Show Focused Inbox selected

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