Focused and Other - Get Rid Of!
I want one inbox - I didn't ask for two. The other and focused options are so screwed up and annoying; I cannot even imagine why this was done. Most of the time I am getting focused emails in my other and other emails in my focused. How do your algorithms even sort or decide which is which? And why are you deciding? It is my inbox!
First off – I want to thank each and every one of your for trying the Outlook.com beta. Also for spending the time to offer and vote on all of the feedback.
I wanted to make sure that we let you all know that we did add some more controls around the Focused/Other inboxes. This includes allowing you to decide if you want it on or off.
We also fixed some bugs to make sure that it keeps your desired setting after you login/log out
To Control Focused Other Do the following:
1) Login to your account and make sure you are in the Beta
2) In the top right hand corner there is a little Gear Icon, click on it.
3) This opens the quick settings pane. From here you can disable Focused/Other, as well as other features like Conversation View, and the reading Pane.
Also, as you click on the settings in the Quick Settings you should see your screen update. This should help you ensure you are configuring your setup exactly the way you like.
Hope this helps, and thanks for all of the feedback!
couldn't find half of my emails suddnely.
Focussed inbox was the issue...
Our email server was upgraded to office 365, but i had no idea half of my emails would be hidden until i could come up with the correct terms for a google search so i could get them back..
Waht a stupid idea..
I can sort my own emails thanks
YUCK! Just when I thought Outlook couldn't get worse, you made it worse. It takes forever to load, it's ugly and I can't find anything. I only need ONE inbox, not a "Focused" one and "Other", just ONE with everything in one place. No wonder I stopped using this years ago, it sucks so bad. It was great when it was just plain Hotmail, now it's bloated ****.
Why do you keep changing the layout for the worse all the time? The newest layout is messy and ugly. And there really is no need for folders for priority and other e-mails. I am perfectly capable of creating my own folder system if I want to sort my e-mails..
[Deleted User] commented
Agreed. This is a subjective, human decision and cannot be made using an algorithm. It also sometimes sends emails from the same source into Focused one day and Other another, causing me to miss important comms as I thought they were all coming into Focused.
I have two issues that I find very frustrating. first your focused/other setting makes it hard to find some emails. I wish it was all in one folder. is there a way to put it all in one? its all in one in my personal account . I don't know how it changed on this one.
I said this when the whole mess began. But there is STILL this ridiculous division between my incoming emails. MAKE IT STOP!!!
Microsoft did this a few years ago with their last major update. Then as now their instructions on how to get rid of the "Focused Inbox" leave much to be desired. On Microsoft's official page they tell you to look in the upper right corner for a "gear icon", but that is not were it is! If you look in the upper left hand corner you will find the "3 horizontal lines icon". Click on the "3 horizontal lines icon" to collapse the left hand sidebar. Your different email addresses will disappear and now you will see the "gear icon" in the lower left hand corner of the screen. If you click on the "gear icon" a sidebar will appear on the right side of the screen and there will see the "Focused Inbox" menu selection. Click on it and then you can "toggle" off the "Focused Inbox"!
Focused Inbox is stupid. Preventing my email from syncing without telling you, YET AGAIN, that I don't want to use your stupid Outlook app and its worthless focused inbox is annoying. I am going to being migrating my email usage to gMail.
I do not like that our inbox in separated into 2 tabs (Focused and Other). Would prefer o have all my incoming emails to one place.
Walid Hoque commented
Why do you have 'focused' and 'other' in the inbox?
It is the most ******** system , the layout needs top go back to original.
I would stop using outlook altogether if i could.
I have spent ages trying to find out how to turn this off and it seems that if using Outlook 2016 you can't because the button doesn't appear for everyone - this is most annoying. It states, the option may appear in future updates - why not just update everyone now.
As others have said, it is really not needed and even more annoying is that I can't even turn it off! Where is consumers choice in all of this?
Gemma O' Toole commented
ONE inbox, I do not need a computer to decide for me if a mail is important or not as the computer has no idea how I feel about the incoming mail
I need to have ONE inbox folder, I keep getting spam in my "focused" folder you have NO idea which emails are "other" and which ones are "focused" I basically need to check my email twice and sift through these folders I never asked for so I dont miss important emails, which has happened since this"feature" was forced on us
What do "Focused" and "Other" Inboxes mean? Makes no sense to me. I suppose it is normal for Microsoft to make no sense. They are too busy conducting surveillance.
Please the "focused" and "other" is terrible! please just fix it back to one inbox, PLEASE... thank you
Why do I have two inboxes? Very frustrating! How can I get only one?
Get rid of the Focus and Other options for the inbox, it just adds confusion and is a mess.
i have this problem on android marshmallow on the outlook.com app. how do i disable this utter nonsense?
Andy Cameron commented
I hate the "focused" and "other" inboxes. It's stupid and there's no sense to what gets put into focused and what gets put into other. It's awful, get rid of it.
Horrible user interface - I want to get rid of the "Other" inbox and have all my mail in "Focused" inbox