Move Subfolders to Top Level
The ability to out-dent (moving a subfolder to a higher level) is an absolute necessity. It's a little silly that this functionality doesn't currently exist as once you accidentally make a folder a subfolder then you're stuck that way unless you want to recreate the folder and move all emails over.
Ranga R commented
Click and drag the subfolder and drop it on "Folders", which is the very first item in the list.
Refresh the page to sort the folder names.
Luc Filion commented
For those who have an Ms Exchange server running, I noticed that you can't move folders to the top folder when in the Outlook application, but... you can do it in the Outlook.com online SaaS platform (right-click Move on the folder, than select the top Folder which is available). Hopefully this helps.
I haven't worked in Outlook in 10 years and you used to be able to simply click & drag a sub-folder to a main folder. Why they yanked this necessary feature/function is beyond stupid.
I just created a new set of folders, altered the rule to point to new subfolder and ran rule. Took maybe 30 mins.
Drag the sub-folder you with to make a top-level folder over the FOLDERS group header and release. That's how I was able to move folders to the root.
Laura Farrell commented
This is truly ridiculous. I'm glad I found the thread so at least I know that this simple task is impossible in Outlook. Of course I thought I was doing something wrong. How could such simple and necessary functionality be missing? So the only way to rearrange folder structure is to create brand new folders and move all emails? Really cumbersome and inefficient.
ellen grus commented
this has been 'shared' for 2 years now? And Sir William has not come up with a simple solution? AGAIN, Microsoft,,,, HOW do I get a subfolder BACK to its original main folder status? NO **** please, just the simple steps & PLEASE don't throw options at me like 'navigation' that doesn't even exist in Outlook
Chet Golfer commented
I agree with David Aldrich. Fix it!
This bug has been unresolved for too long. It is very easy to accidentally drag a folder to a lower level and impossible to move it back. I wasted 10 minutes sorting this out with a workaround.
Need an option in outlook.com to move subfolder up to a main folder
How do I move a sub-folder up to be a main folder? In a Move operation the main, top level, isn't offered as as an option, and it can be dragged and dropped.
Brian Tillman commented
Allow the ability to drag a subfolder to the top level like Hotmail used to allow.
CRAIG PEEPLES commented
I would like to change a sub-folder into a major topic folder. Please provide a procedure for this to happen. I want greater management options for Folders in which I save emails.
Stuart Manis commented
How do you turn subfolder to a full regular folder in the new outlook?
Vinay Jain commented
Connected accounts in the previous version was better, there is glitch in re-connecting my gmail account to my outlook account.
Also movement of folder needs to worked upon, i'm unable to move my sub folders to base.
The new addition and look are pretty cool, but try to rectify above as well.
question, how do I remove and save a folder from its location as a SUB FOLDER back to a stand alone folder? I must have inadvertently dragged it into another folder.
Susan Leader commented
Ever since you "updated" Outlook.com, features are just not working as well as the older version. As a retired IT specialist with over 30 years of experience managing Microsoft products, this is not news. Why do you "improve" to only make things worse?
For instance, creating rules is far more cumbersome and the rules disappear regularly. I want to move emails from a domain not a title and it really won't let me do that.
Another thing that regularly screws up is that primary file folders move under others and become subordinate which screws up every rule I may have set.
Cannot scroll through the folders pane when using the touch screen feature on my computer. Instead of scrolling properly, the folders are being moved into sub-folders. Everything else seems to be working fine with the touch screen.
Folders which have been moved into a sub-folder cannot be moved back up to the main level.
Jan Montgomery commented
You need to have a way to change the line up in the Folder box. For example, if I have a sub-folder that I want to make it a regular folder, the only way at the moment is to make a new folder. We should be able to pull it somewhere and drop it to make it a regular folder. Right now it becomes a sub folder no matter where you put it.
Malcolm Rennie commented
Lock folders in folder list. sometimes they drag to a new location by accident and they won't go back to root level and end up as a sub folder to something unrelated