How to Change the Default Inbox Folder in Outlook?

Last Updated on November 24, 2023 by Amit Bansal

When you launch the Microsoft Outlook application, you’ll find that it typically opens to your Outlook Startup folder, often one of your inbox folders.

Changing this default folder or even the segment is a breeze; you can achieve it with a few straightforward backend settings.

In this article, you’ll discover a step-by-step process for altering the default inbox folder in Outlook.

Change Default Outlook Startup folder

Outlook, when initially downloaded, sets the inbox folder as the default startup folder. This means that each time you open the application, it automatically opens the inbox folder on your screen.

Let’s dive in and understand the step-by-step process to change the Outlook Startup folder.

First Lunch Microsoft Outlook application.

Click on the File tab available on the top left corner of the screen


Click on Options >> From the Outlook Options dialog box, select Advanced from the left navigation options.

In the same dialog box, among the available options, you’ll find “Outlook start and exit.”

There’s a single option within this category: “Start Outlook in this folder,” and it currently points to the (Default Folder).

You can modify this setting by simply clicking on the browse button.

You will now get another dialog box which consists of all your email folders, you can select the one from there and hit OK.

Close all the dialog boxes, and relaunch the Outlook application by restarting it. That will give you the result by opening the folder as default you selected.

You can also use any other segment folder as default, like calendar, contact, todo list.

Final Words

In conclusion, changing the default inbox folder in Outlook is a straightforward process that can greatly enhance your email management experience.

By following the steps outlined in this blog post, you can customize your inbox to suit your specific needs and preferences.

Whether you want to prioritize a different folder or organize your emails in a more efficient manner, Outlook provides the flexibility to make these adjustments.

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Amit Bansal

Hello, my name is Amit Kumar Bansal, and I am the founder of Through this blog, I focus on Microsoft Outlook, offering insightful and informative content. Additionally, I produce educational videos on YouTube to further enhance the understanding of my audience. visit my YouTube Channel

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