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How to add or remove flag status column in Outlook?

No matter you view emails in the Compact view or in the Single view in Microsoft Outlook, you can add a follow up flag for an email quickly with clicking the gray flag icon  behind it. See screen shot:

Sometimes, the flag status column disappears and you want to add it to the mail view; while sometimes you may need to hide this column. In this article, I will introduce ways to remove the flag status column from Mail view, and add the flag status column into the Mail view in Outlook.

Remove flag status column in Mail View

Add flag status column in Mail view when missing

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arrow blue right bubbleRemove flag status column in Mail View

This method is about removing the flag status column from the Mail view in your Microsoft Outlook easily.

Step 1: Click to open the mail folder that you will remove the flag status column from.

Step 2: Open the Advanced View Settings: Compact dialog box,

  1. In Outlook 2007, please click the View > Current View > Customize Current View.
  2. In Outlook 2010 and 2013, please click the View Settings button in the Current View group on the View tab.

Step 3: In the popping up dialog box, please click the Columns button. (In Outlook 2007, click the Fields button)

Step 4: Then the Show Columns dialog box comes out, and:

  1. Click to highlight the Flag Status in the Show these columns in this order box;
  2. Click the Remove button.

Step 5: Click the both OK buttons to exit dialog boxes.

Then the flag status column is removed from the current opening mail folder immediately.


arrow blue right bubbleAdd flag status column in Mail view when missing

This method will help you add the flag status column into a certain mail folder easily.

Step 1: Click to open a certain mail folder that you will add the flag status column into.

Step 2: In Outlook 2007, please click the View > Current View > Customize Current View; in Outlook 2010 and 2013, please click the View Settings button on the View tab.

Step 3: In the popping up dialog box, click the Columns (or Fields button in Outlook 2007).

Step 4: In the coming Show Columns dialog box, click the box below Select available columns from, and select the All Mail fields in the drop down list.

Step 5: Go ahead and click to highlight the Flag Status in the Available columns: box, and then click the Add button.

Step 6: Click both OK buttons in two dialog boxes.

Then the Flag Status column is added into current opening mail folder.

Note: You can apply current view to other mail folders with clicking the Change View > Apply Current View to Other Mail Folders on the View tab in Outlook 2010 and 2013.


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    KRussell · 3 months ago
    I updated my outlook to show the flag status in my email, but I'm still unable to click the flag in the column once I changed the setting. I have to right click to set the follow-up instead of just hovering over the email bar. What am I doing wrong?
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    Kamesh Waran · 10 months ago
    Thanks for the help from your end Team, it worked for me :)
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    Gireesh · 11 months ago
    Thanks a lot for the info, in my case the whole INBOX folder was marked with a Flag with no due date. So i found this article to fix that issue where in the VIEW settings the Flag Due date was selected. So I selected DATE. which fixed my issue.
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    David · 1 years ago
    Annoying I couldn't use "Field Chooser" to add Flag Status to my In Box, but your instructions made it quite easy to add back. Thanks for the nice and clear instructions.
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    Dagi · 1 years ago
    Thank you! Very helpful instructions.