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Open, show, or hide folders and subfolders in Outlook Express

The five standard folders in Outlook Express By default, Outlook Express will show the Folder List pane on the left side of its main window, which displays the five standard folders ("Inbox", "Outbox", "Sent Items", "Deleted Items", and "Drafts") and any custom email folders you have created yourself. Since this pane can be hidden, Outlook Express has to give you other options to access and open hidden folders (and it does, as you'll learn in this tutorial). We'll also show you how to show or hide folders and subfolders - unlike email programs like Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird, Outlook Express doesn't include a functionality like "favorite folders", which lets you quickly access most commonly used folders - we'll explain a couple of ways around that limitation.

Access email folders' content and messages in Outlook Express

Here are a few different ways in which you can open a folder in your email program:

Outlook Express Tip: even if you cannot see your folders, just press the Ctrl+Y keyboard shortcut on your keyboard, and your email program will show the Go to Folder dialog, and let you choose the email folder you want to open.

How do I know which email folder is currently open?

There are three ways to determine which folder is the current one in Outlook Express:

Show or hide email folders and their subfolders

Here are two techniques you can use to toggle the visibility of a folder or subfolder in OE:

Note: that same visual convention is used throughout Outlook Express; the "Go to Folder" dialog under the View menu also uses plus/minus sign buttons to show or hide subfolders; as does the "Move to Folder" dialog, "Copy to Folder", etc.

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Tutorial last updated on October 28, 2011
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