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How to prevent Outlook from only showing today’s emails?

In general, all received emails stay in the Inbox of Microsoft Outlook until you move or delete them. However, recently previous emails disappears from the Inbox except today’s email in my Microsoft Outlook. It drives me insane! Finally I fix this problem with clearing filters. Here I will share my findings about how to prevent Microsoft Outlook from only showing today’s emails easily.

Reason 1: Custom filter to only show today’s emails in Outlook

Reason 2: Configure Auto Archive to clean Outlook older than 1 or 2 days

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arrow blue right bubbleReason 1: Custom filter to only show today’s emails in Outlook

The most common cause of previous emails disappearing is custom filter applied. To prevent Microsoft Outlook from only showing today’ emails, you can do as following:

Step 1: Shift to the Mail view, and open the Inbox which only shows today’s emails.

Step 2: Click the View Settings button on the View tab.

Note: if you are using Outlook 2007, please click the View > Current View > Customize Current View.

Step 3: In the coming Advanced View Settings dialog box, click the Filter button.

Step 4: Then in the Filter dialog box, go to the Advanced tab, click to highlight the filter criteria of Received today in the Find items that match these box, and then click the Remove button. See screen shot below:

Note: You can also click the Clear All button at the bottom of Filter dialog box. Please notice that the Clear All button will remove all filter criteria you have created for the opened folder.

Step 5: Click both OK buttons to close two dialog boxes.

When you go back to the Inbox, you will see all hidden previous emails have come out.


arrow blue right bubbleReason 2: Configure Auto Archive to clean Outlook older than 1 or 2 days

The other common reason causing only showing today’s emails is Auto Archive with special settings applied in your mail folder. Here I will take the Inbox for example.

Step 1: Shift to the Mail view, right click the Inbox in the Navigation Pane, and select the Properties from the right-clicking menu.

Step 2: In the Inbox Properties dialog box, go to the AutoArchive tab, and there are two situations:

A. If the Archive this folder using these settings is checked, modify the number in the box behind the Clean out items older than, and then click the following box and specify the Months from the drop down list. See screen shot below:

B. If the Archive Items in this folder using the default settings is checked

(1) Click the Default Archive Settings button firstly.

(2) Then in the AutoArchive dialog box, modify the number behind Clean out items older than, click the following box and specify the Month from the drop down list,

(3) At last close the AutoArchive dialog box with clicking the OK button. See the following two screen shots:

Note: Actually, to prevent Outlook from only showing today’s emails, you can also disable the Auto Archive feature with checking the option of Do not archive items in this folder in the Inbox Properties dialog box.

Step 3: Click the OK button to close the Inbox Properties dialog box.


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    Jason Winchester · 2 years ago
    I have this problem in Outlook 365 and I've checked my filters. They are all cleared and I still have no emails in my inbox.
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    George Bachul · 2 years ago
    Weird answer but when Outlook 2016 is opened on my taskbar the problem exists. When you open the program from the program menu, it does not.
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    Smithk854 · 2 years ago
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