How to Get Rid of Focused Inbox On Outlook.com

By | July 12, 2017
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How to Get Rid of Focused Inbox On Outlook.com

If you’re using a Microsoft address [ @hotmail.com, @msn.com, @outlook.com, @live.ca, @live.com ] and you’re checking your mail on the web Outlook.com, then you know what we mean by “Focused Inbox”.

Outlook.com automatically puts important mail (based mostly on your contact list) in your “Focused Inbox”. We hate the Focused Inbox. If you agree with us, then you’ll love this tip. If you like the Focused Inbox, you won’t.

If you want to get rid of the Focused Inbox for your Microsoft address that you check online at Outlook.com just follow these steps:

Step 1.  With Outlook.com open in your browser, click on the Settings icon (it looks like a gear… see below).

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Step 2.  Click on “Display settings” (see above).

Step 3. In Display Settings click on “Focused Inbox” — see the screenshot below.

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Step 4. Tick the circle next to “Don’t sort messages” (above).

Step 5. Don’t forget to click “OK” to save your changes.

That’s it. No more “Focused Inbox”. Now you’ll be able to see all your mail in one glance rather than switching back and forth between “Other” and “Focused…. “

 

13 thoughts on “How to Get Rid of Focused Inbox On Outlook.com

  1. Sue

    Most of what is coming up in my focused inbox is not email from my contacts. Mostly it’s junk mail.

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  2. Marjory

    Thank you for the tip how to get rid of focus in outlook.com. I hated it. It worked.

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  3. Joseph Lukas

    This is news to me. I’ve used outlook.com for years, and never had a ‘focused inbox’, and I’m glad. Nice to know though. Thanks.

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  4. John Smith

    That’s exactly the first thing I did after those idiots introduced that Focused/Other-system!
    But now I am unable to log out of my 19 msn-accounts normally.
    The account simply freezes after clicking “Sign out”!?
    And after clicking the X the same account opens over and over again automatically when I try to log into another account!?
    So, the only 2 ways I know to sign into another account is after Control+shift+delete and clearing the last hour of history or a full restart/reboot, which is extremely time consuming and de facto unworkable.
    (Perhaps the problem is unrelated to Focused/Other however, but I have it approximately since then.)
    Best regards, John

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    1. infoave Post author

      Hi John. I’m not sure your problem is related to “Focused inbox”. Try logging in using your browser’s private browsing mode (Chrome Incognito) and see what happens.

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      1. John Smith

        Well done, thanks!
        I use Firefox and there it’s called “New Private Window”.
        It is still not possible to sign out of the e-mail accounts however, the accounts still freeze so I click them away via X.
        BUT: after clicking “sign in hotmail” in a New Private Window, I am able to sign in all my accounts with no problem (the accounts load a little slower), instead of automatically signing into the earlier frozen account.
        I just don’t understand how the problem of not being able to sign out anymore in the normal browser window could occur suddenly .
        But thanks again and keep up the good work!

        Best regards

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        1. infoave Post author

          I am not sure why either it may have to do with changes made at Outlook.com on they way they handle cookies and caches. Only Microsoft knows 🙂

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          1. John Smith

            Right!
            Look how many people, struggling with exactly the same problem, pray in vain to their irreverent absentee landlord!

            If any car dealer – or, for that sake, any other non-software related company – would behave that way, they would have been filing for bankruptcy a long time ago.

            Perhaps the fact that only the software industry – as do suppliers of certain illegal substances – is referring to their customers as “users” has something to do with it?

            Regards, John

          2. infoave Post author

            Appreciate your comments, but reminding you that if you’re unhappy with Microsoft products, you have other choices. You have a choice of operating systems. You have a choice of email providers. Although popular, I don’t see the point in bad mouthing Microsoft. If you don’t like Windows, Outlook, or other Microsoft products, you can choose Apple, Android/Chrome or Linux. Linux offers many OS distributions free of Charge. You can use Gmail, or Yahoo mail or any of the other web mail service providers. No one is forcing you to use Outlook or Windows.

  5. Barbara Jansma

    Thank you! Outlook wanted my input and I told them it was a waste of time for me. Thank you again for the info on how to get rid of it on our own. 🙂

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  6. Bonnie

    Super, Thank you so much. I hated the focus thing. Gods blessings to both of you.

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  7. Damie Simons

    This is one of the best tips ever. It was driving me crazy flipping back and forth. Thank You Thank you

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