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Create a folder in Outlook Express + Make subfolders

The five standard folders in Outlook Express By default, Outlook Express comes with five system folders after you add an email account to the program: "Inbox" (where new messages arrive), "Outbox" (where emails you send are temporarily stored), "Sent Items" (where emails you send are moved from Outbox once they successfully connected your mail provider's server), "Deleted Items" (where messages you deleted are placed), and "Drafts" (where unsent messages you started composing are stored until you either delete them or send them). But Outlook Express allows you to create your own folders to organize your emails; you can even make subfolders, as you'll learn in this tutorial. We'll also go over the naming convention to use to take advantage of the fact that Outlook Express automatically sorts email folders alphabetically - a easy trick to group like folders together!

Make a new email folder in Outlook Express

Once inside Outlook Express, you should see the "Folder List" pane on the left side (looks like first screenshot in this tutorial). If not, see how to show the folder listing.

Note: depending on how you configured your email account (POP3 or IMAP), folders you create inside Outlook Express may be visible when you check your email account from a web browser like Internet Explorer - this is the case when you add your Hotmail account to Outlook Express.

Add an email subfolder to your Folder List

Follow these steps to create a subfolder in Outlook Express:

Beyond the practical differences between a regular email folder and a subfolder, they both work the same way: you can rename them, delete them, move or copy email messages to them, etc. And, if you decide that you want to promote a subfolder to the status of full-fledged email folder, see our tutorial on moving email folders in Outlook Express.

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Tutorial last updated on October 27, 2011
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