Disable inbox priority - Gosse explains

You've probably experienced it: Outlook decides for you which emails are important and which are not. This is done through the priority inbox feature, which automatically filters the most important messages for you. But what if you want to decide for yourself what is important? In our latest video from the series "Gosse explains, learn how to disable this setting and take back control of your inbox.

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The problem with Priority Inbox

What is priority inbox?

Priority inbox is a feature in Microsoft Outlook that sorts e-mails based on what it considers important. This feature can be useful if you receive a lot of e-mails, but it can also be frustrating because Microsoft determines what is prioritized and what is not.

Why switch off?

Many users find it annoying that an algorithm decides which information they see first. You might miss important emails because they are not marked as "priority. Therefore, it is useful to know how to adjust this setting so that you can choose which emails you see first.

Step-by-step guide to disabling priority Inbox

How do you turn it off?

Disabling Priority Inbox in Outlook is easier than you might think. Just follow these steps, as explained in the podcast:

  1. Open Outlook and go to the tab 'Image'.
  2. Search for the option 'Display priority inbox'.
  3. Disable this option by unchecking it.

By following these steps, your inbox will immediately switch to a more traditional view, where all emails are treated and displayed equally.

The immediate benefits of disabling Priority Inbox

Changes in your Inbox

As soon as you Priority inbox turns off, you immediately notice some changes:

  • All emails are now displayed in your inbox, regardless of their perceived importance.
  • It becomes easier to spot and manage unread messages because they are no longer hidden under the "priority" label.

More control and overview

The biggest benefit is that you regain control of your own emails. You can decide which emails are urgent and which can wait later. This allows for a more personal and efficient management of your communications.

Practical tips for managing your new inbox settings

Create your own rules and folders

Now that you Priority inbox disabled, it's a good idea to set up your own system to manage emails. Here are some tips:

  • Create folders for different categories such as "Work," "Personal," and "Important.
  • Set up rules that automatically move emails to the appropriate folders based on sender, subject or other criteria.

Keep your inbox organized

Regularly cleaning up your inbox remains essential. Try to spend time every day sorting your emails and deleting unnecessary messages. This helps keep your inbox manageable and organized.


We have seen how to Priority inbox can disable in Microsoft Outlook and why this can be beneficial. By disabling this feature, you take back control of your own emails and decide what is important.


Take back control

Dare to take control of your digital communications. Tailor your inbox to your needs, not to what an algorithm thinks is good for you. Remember that you have the best knowledge of what is a priority in your life and work.

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