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Bring back sorting for All/Unread/Mentions and Arrange By quick sorting by Date, Size, etc.

In the latest update the view change to consolidate to a singular "All" dropdown that allows you to choose between the former All, Unread, Mentions and then to easily Sort with Arrange By. For many users the expanded view is preferred and more easily accessible. If that could be made a view option, or a toggle feature I think that would be a functionality improvement

Note from the Outlook Team: We have posted a Known Issue about this change with some explanation and possible solutions, https://support.office.com/en-us/article/All-Mail-and-Unread-Mail-tab-options-no-longer-show-in-Outlook-ecdfda13-bdc1-42e2-a77b-c18f6f291fe1?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US.

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    Rebecca H shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Update from the Outlook team: We’ve brought back the All and Unread filters for the inbox folder, as well as made enhancements to the sorts and filters menu. As a note, Focused and Other pivots will take priority over All and Unread when opted in to Focused Inbox.

    These changes should be available for all users with Version 1802 (Build 9001.2138) and above.

    Cheers,
    The Outlook Team

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      • Isiah commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'm missing the option to categorize new emails that are sent to a shared mailbox. The new email address was created at a "new group". I've tried creating rules and updating the ribbon with no luck. Please help.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        With the latest update at of today's date, sort by name reshuffles the entire list to oldest first instead of newest first. This function seems to change about 3 or 4 times per year. I am being eaten alive by execs on this. They are now telling me to stop doing updates because of this one issue. I wish Microsoft would quit making things harder on those that support their product

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        HOW CAN I SORT MY EMAIL BY DATE. WHO ON EARTTH THOUGHT UP SORT BT DATE RECEIVED AND SORT BY DATE SENT. JUST WANT TO SORT BY DATE

      • Steve commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        In the Reading Pane, replace "Older," in the Arrange by 'Date' view, with more groupings, like: Month, Year (further grouped by month), Last Quarter, etc.

      • another frustratedoutlookcustomer commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        How can i remove the top line "All / Unread / Filter" since it eats up at least 2 lines of my Outlook screen and is TOTALLY USELESS since I can easily filter by clicking on the relevant column in the e-mail list !!!
        THANKS!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Admin - if one reads through the comments it's very obvious that there's a fairly even split of those who wish to use the All/Unread filters and associated features and those who don't. Further, reading through various technical forums this view can be inferred for the past 2 years.

        It begs the question, why would this not have been parameterised in some fashion?

        I unfortunately have to use this by Corporate decree, so just a quick thank you for making my day that tiny bit more difficult.

      • R commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The problem with the proposed solution using the search function is that it defaults to all mailbox and I usually just want it one the folder I'm in. Bring it back - every 'upgrade' by Microsoft seems to lose something very useful

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Since an update in early October 2018, when I click on a link in an email and then delete the internet page I have gone to, I know longer go back to where I was in Outlook. Instead I have to go to outlook and find the email and then find where I was. Very annoying and time wasting.

        Also, but of lesser importance, the ribbon/menu have changed to a very thin spindly font. I find it hard to read as it is in effect so faint relative it what it was.

      • Dave Sherman commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Update from your customers: You're missing a filter and have made diminutions to the product.

        May I suggest your Customers should take priority over Ideas from your Team.

        Perhaps your team should cease to be available with version 1803?

        If you don't stop "improving" your product by removing ease-of-use features that people use, like and want you run the risk that the people will remove Outlook.

        There's plenty of competition who DO listen to their customers!

      • Vin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Ok, here's a twist... HOW DO I GET RID OF IT!!! I was happy NOT having the feature!!

      • Outlook User commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Over the years people get used to it and removing it for some reason or new feature that's not an equivalent or even near to it creates frustration. Please bring back the old functionality or give an option to users to switch between the features useful to them.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        All subfolders should have "All" and "Unread" functions. We create subfolders to make our lives easier and business run smoother. But without this function, the ease has disappeared. Why are you trying to "fix" things that are not broken???

      • Vasanth Venkatachalam commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please bring back.

        Instead of displaying folder name, filters must be displayed.

        By the way, why does is working only for Inbox folder!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please give us "All" and "Unread" in every folder. But more important: Please just use 1 row for this, at the moment there is a big waste of space.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        the subfolders do not have the All Unread tab. How to get them back for subfolders?

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        FFs, can we please have an option to HIDE this? I don't understand why you have to go to either extreme.

        Just make it bloody optional from the view menu! I now have a huge chunk of white space at the top of my folders wasted by this filter bar that I never use.

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