Outlook for Mac 2011: How to Disable the Unified Inbox

Posted December 4, 2010 by Rob Rogers in Apple Mac

By default, the Outlook 2011 groups the Inbox, Sent Items, etc from all your mail accounts. This is to make it simpler to view all messages at the same time without having to change mail folders. If you like keeping your accounts separated (such as work and personal email), you can disable this feature. The folder list will then be separated out for each account.

1. Open Outlook.

2. Go to the Menu at the top of the screen, click Outlook and select Preferences.

3. In the Personal Settings section, select General.

4. Under Folder list, uncheck the Group similar folders, such as Inboxes, from different accounts checkbox.

5. Close the General window.


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  • Gsdf

    Mine still stays after changing this setting

  • Anonymous

    thank you! worked like a charm!

  • Anonymous

    thank you! worked like a charm!

  • Monsoonmeow

    This is misleading, all accounts will not “be separated out for each account”.  What actually happens is POP accounts remain ‘grouped’ in the Inbox under ‘On My Computer’.  Only accounts such as Gmail will appear with its own folder list.

    The way to separate mail from different POP accounts is to create new folders in the Folder List, and then a Rule for each account.

  • mike

    1. Create two folders (assuming that you have two pop3 accounts) in the incoming box.
    2. Create two rules. A. if massage comes from account A, then move the massage to fold A. B. if massage come from account B, then move to fold B.
    3. Apply the rules to the incoming box. The accounts will be separated.

    That is it.