How To Create & Add Unread Email Folder to Favorites in Outlook 365?

Last Updated on November 29, 2022 by Amit Bansal

Categories unread emails in your inbox, Outlook gets it done with various simple processes, talking about a specific folder in Microsoft Outlook office 365 for unread emails get all your unread emails into the unread email folder to favorites.

You can filter unread email messages using the filter option, you can search unread emails with the help of a search bar, and you can also separate unread emails in your inbox using condition formatting.

Instructions in this article apply to Outlook 2019, 2016, 2013, and 2010, as well as Outlook for Microsoft 365 and webmail.

In this article, you will learn step by step process of “How to Create a Custom Search Folder for Unread Mail?”.

How To Create Unread Mails Folder in Outlook?

In one of the earlier articles, you have learned “How to Find Old Emails in Outlook“, Adding an unread email folder to a favorite is an almost similar process.

Let’s Dive in:

  • Lunch Outlook >> Select your specific email address inbox.
  • Go to Folder Tab >> Select “New Search Folder”.
add unread folder in outlook
  • New Search Folder Dialog Box pops up, it consists of multiple options (like Reading mail, Mail from people and list, Organized mail, and Custom). These options are further classified into several subsections.
  • The New Search Folder dialog box also can open by pressing the keyboard shortcut key CTRL+SHIFT+P.
unread mail folder
  • Click unread mail under the reading mail section, and select an email address under search mail in.
  • Your folder is created and added to the Navigation Pane under search folders having unread emails. You can check your folder from your selected email address bottom from the left-hand side of your screen [refer: Snapshot].
  • The name of the folder by default comes out to be [Unread mail]. The total number of unread messages is displayed in square brackets.
How To Add Unread Mails To Favorite Folder In Outlook
  • All unread email messages sync & create a copy and are also available in that folder.
  • Click on the folder and you will get all your unread email messages into the folder. All the messages are displayed in bold font because they are not opened yet, that’s why you can check those emails in that folder.
  • Once you open that email, read it, and respond to it, that email is automatically removed from that folder.

How To Rename & Delete Unread Mail Folder?

There are a few options (rename, delete, and many more) that can be processed by clicking the right mouse button from your folder. [Refer: Snapshot].

How To Rename & Delete Unread mail Folder

Deleting any search folder does not really delete emails that have not been read yet. The emails are still available in their original folders. These folders are customized according to your convenience.

How to Create Unread Custom Search Folder?

You can also go for a custom search folder which results in a long route to get the same results. It’s a manual step process to get your results.

Here is the step-by-step guide:

  • Open Outlook office 365, Go to the Folder tab and click New Search Folder.
  • A New Search Folder Dialog Box appears, select Create a custom Search Folder under the Custom category.
  • Scroll down and select Create a custom Search Folder under the Custom category.
How to Create Unread Custom Search Folder
  • Click Choose to customize this new folder: that will walk you through the Custom Search Folder dialog box.
custom Search Folder
  • Name for your New Search Folder. Click Criteria >> Search Folder Criteria dialog box appears.
Search Folder Criteria
  • Move to the tab More Choices, select the checkbox for Only items that are, and make sure Unread is selected from the drop-down list. Click OK.
  • The next part is the selection of a specific folder, you cannot change the email address but click Browse to select a folder.
Create Unread Custom Search Folder
  • Select a specific folder and click OK to close the folder dialog box, back to the custom search folder, review everything, hit OK, and again Click OK.
  • Your folder is created and added to the Navigation Pane left-hand side of your email search folder.

How To Add Unread Mails to Favorite Folder in Outlook?

Once your unread mail folder is ready and you have easy access to it from the navigation pane of your specific email address, for which you have created that folder, you can add the folder to Favorite in Outlook.

The purpose of adding the folder to your favorite is instant access, you don’t need to scroll down to the navigation pane, find out your email address (in case of multiple emails), or go to the search folder, to bypass this process favorite folder is a good option.

Simply select the folder (unread mail), and hit “Add to Favorite” in the folder tab above [Refer: Snapshot]

How To Create Unread Mails Folder In Outlook

You can also right-click on the folder and hit “Add to favorite”.

outlook unread folder

Creating your own customized folder is the real beauty of Microsoft Outlook 365, In this article, we have almost covered step by step process of [How to Create & Add Unread Email Folder to Favorites in Outlook 365?].

How to Locate the Favorites Folder in Outlook?

Favorite Folder is a sticky folder available always on the top of all the email folders in the navigation section from the top left corner. You can easily jump to the specific folder added in the favorites folder.

Sometimes Outlook favorites folder missing, don’t worry, you can simply enable the folder by clicking a few buttons.

Go to the View Tab, from the layout section, click on the folder tab, and select Favorites from the drop-down list. Once you checked your favorites folder again reappear.

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