How to Add Unread Folder in Outlook 365/2021 & Older Versions

The ‘Unread Mail’ is one of the useful folders in Microsoft Outlook to view unread emails in one place from other mail folders in a particular Outlook account. Recently, one of the users complained that he couldn’t find it under ‘Favourites’ where it used to appear. If you encounter a similar scenario, here is how to add the Unread folder in Outlook 365 and other Office versions under Favourites.

If you have multiple rules in Outlook for incoming emails, you will find new emails in every folder of your Outlook. If you receive a considerable number of emails daily, having the Unread Mail folder visible is very useful for scanning and reading all new unread emails in a single folder view.

It should look like the below in a typical setup.

The Folder Is Back

Closing and restarting Outlook will not bring back the folder because it a saved in your Outlook account profile. Even restarting your computer will not help here.

Here is the view without the folder.

Missing Unread mail folder

How to Show Unread Mail under Favourites in MS Outlook

Let’s see a few scenarios. The below scenarios may vary for your situation because it depends on your Microsoft Outlook version.

1) Look under ‘Search Folders’

If you can spot ‘Search Folders’ in the Outlook view, you can find the Undead Mail folder.

How to add Unread Folder in Outlook 365

Right-click on it and add it to Favourites.

2) Search for it

If you can’t find the ‘Search Folders’ or ‘Unread Mail’ folder inside, we have to search for it and add it.

You need to go to the ‘Folder’ tab to do that.

The ‘Folder’ tab may not appear if the ribbon view is set to ‘Simplified ribbon’ in the latest Outlook versions.

Folder Tab Missing In Outlook

Click the down arrow icon on the right side of the menu to change the classic view ribbon. This will show the ‘Folder’ tab.

Under Folder, click the ‘Search Folder’ button.

New Search Folder Icon

This will show the pre-configured email folder.  Select the Unread mail folder and click OK.

Select The Unread Mail

It will bring back the folder under search folders. Now it is similar to step 1. Right-click on the folder and add to favorites.

Add Under Mail From Search Folder

Unread Mail Folder in Office 365 web (OWA)

Unfortunately, you will not find the folder if you look for a similar Unread Mail folder in the Office 365 web app (OWA). As of now, this option is not available in Office 365.

The only way to show all unread emails in a particular folder in OWA is by using the filter.

Navigate to your Office 365 online email access portal, click on the folder (mostly the Inbox), and filter by ‘Unread’ as shown below.

Unread Email Filter In Office 365 OWA

Now you must know how to add an unread folder in Outlook 365/2021/2019 or older versions. This method will work on any Operating system, such as Windows 11/10, 8.1, or macOS, as long as you have MS Outlook.

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Dinesh is the founder of Sysprobs and written more than 400 articles. Enthusiast in Microsoft and cloud technologies with more than 15 years of IT experience.

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