How To Add A Folder In Outlook

To add a folder in Outlook, simply right-click the account, mailbox, or existing folder you want to create a new folder for and select “create new folder.” After naming the folder, press Enter to save it.

Outlook allows users to manage their mailboxes more efficiently by creating and managing folders. You can personalize your mailbox hierarchy and categorize your incoming emails as per your necessity. For instance, create separate folders for work, projects, or personal contacts.

In this guide, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of adding a folder in Outlook. Whether you want to create a new folder to organize your emails better or you need a dedicated space for specific types of messages, Outlook offers a flexible and intuitive way to achieve this.

Creating and Managing Folders in Outlook

Creating and managing folders in Outlook can be easily done across various platforms like desktop, web, and mobile. Each has a slightly different process but still follows the same basic concept of creating new folders, moving them, or renaming and deleting them as needed.

  1. Open Outlook and navigate to the section where you want to add the folder, such as Contacts, Mail, Tasks, or Calendar.
  2. In the left pane of the selected section, right-click on the location where you want to create the new folder. Right-click on the section and select New Folder. If you are using the latest version of Outlook, just select “create new folder” from the bottom of the left pane.
  3. A text box will appear, prompting you to enter a name for the new folder. Type in a descriptive name that reflects the purpose or content of the folder.
  4. Once you have entered the desired name, press Save on your keyboard or click outside the Name box to confirm the folder creation.


That’s it! You have successfully created a new folder in Outlook. You can repeat these steps to create additional folders as needed to organize your email messages, calendars, contacts, or tasks effectively.