Move or rename a folder in

You can drag a folder in to a new spot in your Favorites hierarchy, or you can use the Move option in the shortcut menu. You can also rename any folders you create.

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  • If you can't see your email folders, check that the folders aren't collapsed. Select > Folders to expand the folder list. folder view

  • Some folders might no longer be visible in the Folders list, but you can find items saved in the missing folders using search.

Change the order of folders

  • Under Favorites, select and drag a folder up or down in the list.

    A screenshot showing a folder being dragged to a new position under Favorites

    Note: You can't change the order of folders under Folders. but you can reorder any folders in your Favorites

Move a folder into another folder

  • Under Folders, select and drag a folder or sub-folder over the folder into which you want to move it.

    A screenshot showing a folder being dragged into another folder


    • You can't move sub-folders into the main Folders menu. Sub-folders must always be inside another folder. You can make a sub-folder a Favorite to make it appear in the main Favorites list. To do this, select the star to Add to favorites.

    • If you accidentally make a folder a sub-folder, create a new top-level folder and copy all your email from the sub-folder to the new top-level folder. 

Note: You can't rename default folders such as Inbox, Drafts, or Deleted Items.

  1. Under Folders, right-click the folder you want to rename and select Rename.

    A screenshot of the Folders context menu with Rename selected

  2. Enter a name for the folder and press Enter.

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