The sidebar in Microsoft Outlook 2010 displays a list of user-created email folders. I rarely use folders in Outlook, as I find organizing my inbox using categories to be much simpler.

Is it possible to display a list of categories on the sidebar in Outlook?

Outlook 2010 sidebar


You can create custom search folders based on categories to organize emails. Not sure how efficient this is with a large amount of mail.

Use one of the following to create custom search folder:

  • Under the Folder tab in Outlook, click New Search Folder

  • Use the keyboard shortcut CTRL+SHIFT+P

  • In the sidebar of the folder hierarchy, you should have a folder called Search Folders, right click on it to get the New Search Folder option

Here is the Microsoft documentation on creating them for Outlook 2010.

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  • How would I create custom search folders? – Stevoisiak Jul 11 '17 at 16:28
  • Towards the bottom of your folder there should be a folder called Search Folders. You can right click and that and create a new folder. – Confuzing Jul 11 '17 at 16:31
  • Added link in answer to Microsoft help for how to create search folders. – Confuzing Jul 11 '17 at 16:37
  • Can you summarize the relevant information in your answer? Typically links should not be used as an answer. – Stevoisiak Jul 11 '17 at 17:01

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