Create or edit a category

You can create your own category, or change the name or color of an existing category.

  1. On the Home tab, click Categorize, and then click Edit Categories.

    Home tab, group 5

  2. Do any of the following:


Do this

Create a new category

Click Add, enter a name for the category, and then select a color.

Change the name of a category

Double-click the category name that you want to change, and then enter the new name in the text box.

Change the color of a category

Click the color that you want to change, and then select a different color.

Delete a category

Select the category that you want to delete, and then click Delete.


  • By default, when you create a new category, the category is displayed in the navigation pane. To turn off this preference, on the Outlook menu, click Preferences, click Categories, and then clear the Show new categories in navigation pane check box.

  • The Junk category can't be deleted.

  • You can't have two categories with the same name.

See also

Categorize an item

Display all items in a category

Filter items by category

About organizing in Outlook

Applies To: Outlook for Mac 2011

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