How To Make Categories Visible on Microsoft Outlook Sidebar?

Favourite Category on Outlook to make it visible

Using categories is a great way to organize your emails. It helps clear clutter and makes it easier to find specific emails. In this article, we will learn how to add a specific category to the Outlook sidebar. This is applicable for Outlook on Office 365 subscriptions or an individual/personal Microsoft account.

Step 1: Categorize your emails

Before we learn how to make “categories” visible in the Outlook sidebar, we need to ensure that the categories exist. By default, certain category colours are created by Outlook itself. Simply click on the top of the mail where the “Categories” button is and select the category you want it to be sorted into or create a new category.

categories in microsoft outlook

Step 2: Go to Categories Under Settings

On the top left side of your mailbox, click on the settings icon. Search for “Categories” in the search box to open the categories settings.

Search Categories in Settings
Open Category Settings in Outlook
Search Categories in Settings
Open Category Settings in Outlook
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Step 3: Mark the Category as Favourite

Click on the star icon of the categories you want to add to your sidebar. Only the categories marked as favourites will be visible in your Outlook sidebar.

Favourite Category on Outlook to make it visible

Step 4: Check Outlook Sidebar to Find your Category there

You will now find the starred category in your outlook inbox sidebar

Categories in Outlook sidebar

To remove a category from the sidebar, navigate to Categories under Settings and uncheck the star mark to unfavourite the item. Unfavouriting the item will automatically remove the category from the Outlook sidebar.

To learn more about email filter tips and tricks, check out this article on how to filter emails like a pro on Gmail.

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