How to sort Outlook folders in random non-alphabet order

Of course you met your friends, chose your projects and chose your hobbies, so the most important ones start with A (e.g. “aardvark”), and the least important start with z (as “Zorilla”). They look perfect in your Outlook folder list!

You mean you want to make “Yogurt” and is that very important? Have you tried dragging and dropping your folders to reorder them? All in vain?

Unfortunately, Outlook is very strict about alphabetical sorting. Fortunately, this is only a strict kind of cardinal.

These instructions apply to Outlook 2019, Outlook 2016, Outlook 2013, and Outlook 2010.

Sort Outlook folders in any non-alphabetical order

To apply custom order to your folders in Outlook:

  1. Right-click the folder you want to display first.

  2. Choose from the menu rename .

  3. The name of the current folder is preceded by a “1” (without quotes). For example, if the folder is named “Today”, rename it “1 Today”.

  4. Select Enter .

  5. Repeat the same steps for the folder you want to see next; precede his name with a “2”.

  6. Continue to rename folders with the desired order number.

If you have many folders and want to keep flexibility, then rename the folders “1 today”, “10 this week”, “20 this month”, etc. You can also group folders as subfolders and sort parent folders using the same technique. As a more convenient alternative to numbers, lowercase letters can be used: “Today”, “From this week”, “E this month”, etc.

To bring a folder to the top of the Outlook folder list, rename the folder named to “!”. For example, “today” becomes “today”.

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