Hotmail Tip: How to Create Folders in Outlook Mail

Hotmail users moved to Outlook Mail in 2013

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Microsoft phased out Hotmail in 2013 and moved all Hotmail users to Outlook.com, where they still receive their Hotmail emails at their Hotmail addresses. The Outlook Mail interface is clean and easy to organize, but like any email client, it can get a bit unwieldy if you don't take steps to handle the incoming email in an organized manner. Setting up email folders and subfolders in Outlook Mail is one way you can keep your email manageable.

Create Folders to Organize Your Messages in Outlook Mail

To add a new folder in Outlook Mail on your computer:

  1. Position the mouse over Folders in the left panel.
  2. Click the plus sign that appears to the right of Folders to create a new folder. If you are using a web version of Outlook Mail, you won't have a plus sign to the right of Folders. In this case, click New Folder at the bottom of the list of folders.
  3. Type the name of the new folder in the field that appears in the left panel.
  4. Click Enter to save the folder.

How to Create a Subfolder in Outlook Mail

You can add subfolders to any folder. Here's how:

  1. In the left panel of Outlook Mail, expand Folders if it is closed. 
  2. Right-click on the folder that you want to add a subfolder to.
  3. Select Create new subfolder.
  4. Type a name for the subfolder in the field provided
  5. Press Enter to save the subfolder.

How to Delete a Folder in Outlook Mail

When you no longer need a mail folder, you can delete it.

  1. In the Folders list in the left panel of the mail screen, right-click on the folder or subfolder you want to delete.
  2. Select Delete folder.
  3. Click OK to confirm the deletion.