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How to remove or clear filter applied from Inbox/Calendar in Outlook?

In Microsoft Outlook, you can change a folder’s view settings and filter emails messages, appointments, or tasks by some criteria. Sometimes, it may be needed to remove or clear applied filters. This article will guide you to remove and clear all filters or part of filters applied in the folders in Microsoft Outlook, such as Inbox, Calendar, task folders, etc.

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In this article, I will take the Inbox for example and clear filters applied in the Inbox.

Step 1: Click to open the folder that you will clear filters from. In our case, we open the Inbox.

Step 2: To open the Advanced View Settings dialog box:

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

Step 3: In the popping up dialog box, please click the Filter button.

Step 4: Then click the Clear All button in the Filter dialog box.

Step 5: Click both OK buttons in two dialog boxes.

Then all filters applied in the opening folder is removed immediately.


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Step 1: Get into the Filter dialog box with the Step 1 to Step 3 we talked about in the first method.

Step 2: Go to the Messages tab, and remove one or more filters as your needs:

  1. Clear the filter criteria in the Search for the word(s) box,
  2. Clear the filter criteria in From box
  3. Clear the filter criteria in Sent To box
  4. Uncheck the Where I am
  5. Keep the none in the Time box

Note: The Messages tab may be replaced by Appointments and Meetings tab, or Contacts tab, or others based on the folder style you opened at the beginning.

Step 3: Go to the More Choices tab, and carry out one or more following actions as your needs.

  1. Clear the filter criteria in the Categories box;
  2. Uncheck the option of Only items that are;
  3. Uncheck the option of Only items with;
  4. Uncheck the option of Whose important is;
  5. Uncheck the option of Only items which;
  6. Uncheck the option of Match case;
  7. Keep the doesn’t matter in the box below the Size (kilobytes).

Step 4: Click the OK buttons in both dialog boxes.


arrow blue right bubbleRemove and clear customizing filters applied in selected folder

Step 1: Get into the Filter dialog box with the Step 1 to Step 3 we talked about in the first method.

Step 2: Go to the Advanced tab in the Filter dialog box.

Step 3: In the Find items that match these box, click to select one filter criteria, and then click the Remove button.

Note: Please repeat the Step 3 if you need to remove more than one customizing filter criteria.

Step 4: Click the OK buttons in both dialog boxes.


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    Ed · 1 years ago
    I use the search to filter down the view of my emails (eg. from:joe) then select the email of interest.

    But if I then want to see the surrounding emails in the conversation or received around the same date, so I clear the filter. Unfortunately the selection jumps completely and the context surrounding the found email is completely lost. Is there a better way to deal with this?
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    Gareth · 3 years ago
    There is a problem with one of my folders.

    It simply wont accept the changes, nor can I delete it. The folder keeps coming back and back and back!

    And it has lost all the emails that were in it!
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    Marvia · 3 years ago
    Thank you, I had been racking my brain trying to find where I could undo a filter that was stealing some of my emails.
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    Sandra Kimball · 3 years ago
    Thank you very much for the instructions on clearing a filter for the inbox. I am new to Outlook 2013 and was afraid I had lost everything in my Inbox. Your instructions were very helpful.
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    Larry Press · 4 years ago
    Sill can't close microsoft outlook applied filter
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    Michael Cummins · 4 years ago
    Thanks,
    Finally found a plain English solution for my missing emails

    Michael