Software & Apps MS Office How to Set Up an All Mail Folder in Outlook Use Search Folders to collect all of your Outlook mail in one place by Heinz Tschabitscher Writer A former freelance contributor who has reviewed hundreds of email programs and services since 1997. our editorial process Heinz Tschabitscher Updated on November 13, 2019 MS Office Outlook Word Excel Powerpoint Tweet Share Email If your email messages are organized in several folders and you want to read messages that match certain criteria, create a Search Folder in Outlook. When you create a Search Folder and then search for a particular type of email, Outlook places matching messages in the Search Folder. This way, the messages you want are in one place and display in one long list. Instructions in this article apply to Outlook 2019, Outlook 2016, Outlook 2013, Outlook 2010, and Outlook for Microsoft 365. Set Up an 'All Mail' Folder in Outlook To set up a custom Smart Folder that contains all of your email messages: Open Outlook and go to Mail. If you prefer keyboard shortcuts, press Ctrl+1. Select the Inbox (or another folder) in the email account or PST file for which you want to create the Search Folder. Go to the Folder tab and choose New Search Folder. In the New Search Folder dialog box, scroll to the Custom section and select Create a custom Search Folder. In the Customize Search Folder section, select Choose. In the Custom Search Folder dialog box, enter a name for the Search Folder. For example, type All Mail. Select Browse. In the Select Folder(s) dialog box, select the topmost folder for the PST file or email account of the folders you want to search. Select the Search subfolders check box. Or, clear the Search subfolders check box and choose the folders that contain messages you want to see. If the Junk Email folder is filled with junk email, exclude mail in this folder by using a filter criterion. Or, place sub-folders under the Inbox or another folder and set up the Smart Folder with Search subfolders enabled. Select OK to close the Select Folder(s) dialog box. Select OK to close the Custom Search Folder dialog box. In the Warning dialog box, select Yes so that the messages in the folders you selected appear in the Search Folder. In the New Search Folder dialog box, select OK. A new Search Folder appears in the Outlook folders list. Customize an 'All Mail' Folder With Criteria (Plus Examples) To customize a Smart Folder so that it contains all of your email messages except those you want to exclude with criteria (for example, to remove junk or old emails): Open the Search Folder you want to customize. Go to the Folder tab. In the Actions group, select Customize This Search Folder. In the Customize [folder name] dialog box, select Criteria. In the Search Folder Criteria dialog box, specify the criteria for the messages to include in the Search Folder. For example, to exclude messages from a specified folder such as the Junk Email folder: Go to the Advanced tab.Select the Field dropdown arrow.Select All Mail fields > In Folder.Select the Condition dropdown arrow and choose doesn't contain.In the Value text box, enter the name of the folder or folders you wish to exclude. For example, enter Junk Email.Select Add to List. For example, to include messages that are larger than a certain size: Go to the More Choices tab.Select the Size (kilobytes) dropdown arrow and choose greater than.Enter a value, such as 5000 for around 5 MB. For example, to exclude email from a particular sender, such as "mailer-daemon": Go to the Advanced tab.Select the Field dropdown arrow.Select Frequently-used Fields > From.Select the Condition dropdown arrow and choose doesn't contain.In the Value text box, enter the email address (or part of the address) you want to exclude.Select Add to List. Select OK to close the Search Folder Criteria dialog box. Select OK to close the Customize [folder name] dialog box.