How you can create and manage folders in Hotmail or Outlook

Outlook is the renewed email service by Microsoft, changing their platform from the Hotmail branding they kept for almost fifteen years. Now, Outlook represents a more intuitive and advance service in terms of security, features, functions and personalization like eve before, with the fastest email platforms in comparison to direct competitors like Gmail or Yahoo.

With the new Beta version of Outlook the service offers you a new a more minimalistic layout, allowing to write, check and move emails easier than before. Also, the email platform provided by Microsoft lets you to create and manage full customizable folders to organize your inbox and general email service, overall when it is crowded and full of messages.

With folders, you are going to have a perfect and clean inbox, with your messages organized depending on their nature. For example, you can create office, family and newsletter folders, also you can move emails from one container to the other, erase them when you like and more. All of this procedure are going to be shown next, being quite easy to follow.

How to create a new folder

In order to create a folder, first sign in with your account on Outlook or Hotmail by visiting www.outlook.live.com, or by searching key words like “outlook” or “Hotmail” on Bing searcher. When you have already signed on Outlook, do not forget to switch to Beta version by clicking on the “Outlook” Beta button, for a more minimalistic and functional layout.

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Being on your email platform, you will see the new design showing the folder panel on the left, your inbox in the middle and email reading space to the right, along with standout news.

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Well, we will be focusing on the folder panel for now, from where you can see all the predetermined email containers such as “Junk Mail”, “Draft”, “Sent Items”, “Deleted Items” and “Archive”, accessing them and the emails they have inside with just one click.

Now, if you need to create a new folder with customizable name for your own purpose you can do that, organizing better the use of your platform. Therefore, to do so and create a new folder just locate the button “New Folder” at the button of the folder panel, right at the end.

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When you have clicked on the “New Folder” button, such space will become an empty bar for you to enter the new folder´s name, in terms of what you want to do with it. For example, in this case we are going to write “Newsletter” in order to move all emails of this type into such new created folder.

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After you have finished writing the new folder´s name, just click on anywhere else on the screen or press “Enter” and like this the new container is now created and ready to be used.

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How to move emails to your new created folder

Now that you have created your new folder, the next step is to start organizing your platform and move emails from any of the predetermined folder to the new container. In this case, we have created the “Newsletter” folder, so let us move messages of this type to it and like this a cleaner inbox and email platform is possible.

To move an email to the new folder you have the option about opening the folder where the message you want to move is, and by selecting it clicking on it an option panel will be enable at the top of the inbox.

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outlook beta

With the option panel enabled and with the email to move having been selected, click on the “Move to” button on such option panel and a menu will be expanded showing all the folders available; click on the new created folder that in this case is “Newsletter” and automatically the email will be moved in no time.

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As you can see, the selected email have been moved to the “Newsletter” folder, being properly saved and allowing you to clean your inbox and organize your platform better.

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In the case you need to move a message from your customizable folder to the inbox or any other container, you just need to perform the same procedure explained before but the other way around, and like this you can return an email to its previous location.

Managing created folders

Outlook offers many ways to manage your email platform. In the case you have created a folder but you need some kind of sub-container to organize it better, you can do it easily. First, place the mouse cursor on top of the customizable folder and click on it with the right button of your pointing device; a new menu will be expanded with several options.

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By clicking on the option “Create new subfolder” a new empty bar will appear for you to write the new subfolder´s name. For example, in this case such subfolder is inside the “Newsletter” customizable container, so let us name it “Sports” since it holds messages of this nature. In so, click anywhere on the screen or press “Enter” and the sub-folder is now created.

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outlook beta

In the same way, using the expanded menu by clicking on the folder user the right button of your mouse, you also can rename folders in the case you have to, in order to be more organized or simply because you changed you mind about the name. So, click on the “rename” option and write a new name or label, and then press “Enter” or click elsewhere; in this example will be “Gossip”

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Maybe managing your email platform you decide to delete a specific folder or subfolder because you simply do not need it anymore. If that is the case, all you need to do is put the cursor on the folder or subfolder you want to erase, click on the right button of your mouse and the click on the option “Delete Folder”; automatically, this container will be deleted and you are good to go.

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As you can see, the “Gossip” subfolder is no longer available, nevertheless, it is on the “Deleted Items” folder where emails you have erased are leaded to. This is like this because there is the possibility to delete accidently a folder, so in this way you can actually recover it very easily. Now, if you want to erase such folder permanently, click on “Delete folder” in the expanded menu.

In this particular case, a notification warning you that the selected folder will be erased permanently appears, click on “OK” if you are sure, or click on “Cancel” if you are not sure about deleting the corresponding folder for any reason. Like this, now the folder is permanently erased with all messages included, so that is why it results so important to be sure about deleting it.

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