How to Sort Messages in Microsoft Outlook

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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.

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  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.