How to Sort Messages in Microsoft Outlook

In Brief...

Learn how to sort messages in your Outlook inbox or other folders.

This feature works the same in all modern versions of Microsoft Outlook: 2010, 2013, and 2016.


  1. At the top of the message list, click the drop-down arrow next to By Date (the default).
    By Date

  2. Select an option to sort your messages a different way, such as by sender.
    Select Option

Author: Margaux Judge

Margaux Judge has worked as an e-learning editor and instructional designer for over ten years, writing and editing a wide variety of courses, from technical topics to soft skills. She has a Bachelor's degree in English and Textual Studies from Syracuse University and a Master's degree in Television Writing from Boston University.