Office 365 (Outlook 2016 for Mac) - Sorting Messages

NOTE: This document applies to Outlook 2016 for Mac, released in late 2015. For information about how to complete this task using the previous version of Outlook available for Mac, see: Office 365 (Outlook 2011) - Arrange and group items
Outlook 2016 for Mac displays messages in your various mailboxes according to a combination of grouping and sorting. In order to best organize your inbox for your needs, you are given the option of using a pre-defined "arrangement," many of which use both methods. If these arrangements do not provide the view you desire, you may also customize the grouping and sorting criteria.

Grouping allows you to lump together sets of emails based on the criteria you opt to use. By default, messages are grouped by when they are received, i.e. Today, Yesterday, Last Week, Last Month, and Older. Other common criteria include grouping by conversation, importance, and flags.

Sorting dictates the order that emails appear in the specified folder. The default sort order is based on date received, though there are a number of other sorting options available. In addition, you can switch between an ascending and descending sort order.

You can easily change the arrangement by selecting Arrange By: icon from the Organize menu bar...

Organize Menu

...Or by left-clicking the inbox sorting column header (red arrow), as shown below:

Sorting by Column Header 

To customize your message arrangement:

Click on Arrange By: (located at the top of the list of emails) or from the Arrange By: icon from the Organize menu bar from the example above.

Arrange by

Organize and select your columns as you would like them displayed, and then once they are organized as you wish, select Make this the Default View

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    Owner:Ara M.Group:Office 365
    Created:2014-11-25 12:06 CDTUpdated:2015-11-10 09:22 CDT
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