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Get out of your Inbox with Outlook 2007

Custom folders in Mailbox: Coho Winery, Contoso Ltd.

In previous lessons in this course we've talked about ways to act on messages and ways to sort and organize them within a category. But what if you want to sort messages into distinct groups and keep them separate from other messages (and thereby get them out of your Inbox)? Folders can help you do this.

In the picture, we've shown an example of using folders: "Coho Winery" and "Contoso Ltd."

You may already use a filing system in your office. Once you learn how to create folders, you can easily adapt any existing folder-naming system to Outlook. We'll talk about how to create folders next.

Note    If you took the lesson on flagging messages for follow-up, you may be wondering what happens to a flagged message if you move it from your Inbox to a folder. Because that flagged message also appears in the To-Do Bar, in Tasks, and in your Calendar, these reminders stay put in those places even if you move the underlying message.

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