How to add unread emails to the favorite folder in Outlook?

Sometimes unread email messages may stay among a number of messages, although the Outlook indicates you the number of unread email messages, such as Inbox (5), you can’t find out them at once. You can collect all unread email messages into a favorite folder, making your working conveniently and quickly.

The following guidance will help you collect all unread email messages into an Unread Mail folder, and show the folder in your favorites.


Step 1: Shift to the Mail view by clicking the Mail in the Navigation Pane.

Step 2: Create a new search folder:

  1. In Outlook 2010 / 2013, click the New Search Folder button in the New group on the Folder tab.
  2. In Outlook 2007, click the File > New > Search Folder.

Actually, there is an alternative method to create a new search folder: right-click the Search Folder in Navigation Pane, and click the New Search Folder in the right-click menu.

And this method is available in all of Microsoft Outlook 2007, 2010, and 2013.

Step 2: In the New Search Folder dialog box, select and highlight the Unread mail item, and click OK.

Now an Unread Mail folder is created and shows in the navigation pane. And all unread email messages are collected into this folder automatically. Once an unread email message is opened, it will be removed from the Unread Mail folder automatically.

Step 3: Right click the Unread Mail folder, and click the Show in Favorites item in the right-click menu.

Now the Unread Mail folder is copied and added to your favorites at the top of Navigation Pane.


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