What Is Outlook Focused Inbox?


Author: Albert
Published: 16 Nov 2021

The Focused Tab in Outlook

The most important emails are placed in the "Focused" tab while the rest are placed in the "Other" tab in Outlook. The feature is available for all Outlook.com, Live.com, Hotmail.com, and Exchange users through the web portal, using the desktop version of Outlook included with Office, or using the default Mail app available with Windows 10. You can move one email in the Other tab, but only if you want to move it to focused.

Focused Inbox: Pre-sorting your email

The Focused Inbox pre-sorts your email so you can focus on what matters. It places your most important emails in "Focused" and the rest in "Other." All your email accounts are covered by Focused Inbox.

What Makes Focused Inbox?

The content of the email and who you interact with the most are what determines what ends up in Focused Inbox. Emails that are detected as being low priority are automatically sorted.

Combining all mail in both tabs into one Inbox

All mail in both tabs is combined into your single Inbox in your standard phone Mail app. Your mobile device will still be cluttered because most Mail apps don't show focused and other. The only way to fix that is to use the Outlook app on your phone.

Selecting the Inbox of an e-mail campaign

You can choose which inbox you want to be in by selecting Move to focused from the email you receive. If the email comes from someone you want to see in your inbox, you can choose Always Move to focused.

Email in the 21st Century

Email is essential to the modern workplace, from sending formal company letters to making quick updates to delivering marketing material. Microsoft Outlook's focused inbox allows your company to organize its emails more effectively, and prioritize messages to ensure you see the most important information first.

Focused Inbox: A Feature for Email Control

The feature focused inbox can be used to control the overflow of emails by analyzing incoming messages and placing the most important messages into the focused tab.

Focused Inbox Control

A notification will be shown if a transport rule is in place. The "Always move to Other" feature will be disabled on the web. Outlook clients on desktop will allow the selection of "Always move to Other"

No. The Set-Clutter cmdlet can be used to disabled the Clutter for a mailbox. If you do this, the mailbox owner will have to process messages that were previously sent to the Clutter folder until their client is upgraded to a version that supports the focused inbox.

It's best to not change the Clutter settings until the upgraded clients are available. There are two ways to control the focused inbox. The mailbox level state of the feature is returned when you run Get-FocusedInbox.

The Clutter folder

The Clutter folder is gone with the Focused Inbox update. Emails that were previously in Clutter are now in Other. A large proportion of marketing emails probably ended up at Clutter.

The Inbox in Outlook

The Inbox is separated into the focused and other tabs in Outlook on the web and newer versions of Outlook. The rest of the email are on the Other tab.

Feature Updates in Office

If you use a subscription version of Office, you will get feature updates. Only those who purchased the semi-perpetual version will get feature updates. It's possible that features built into security updates will become available in a later update. It will be first for subscribers.

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