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How to Set the Priority for an Email Message in Outlook


Most of us receive a lot of email and important messages may get overlooked in our long list of messages. If you’re sending a message that requires attention in a timely manner, you can set the priority for the message, allowing the recipient to find it quickly.

To send a high priority email message, make sure the “Home” tab is active and click “New Email”.


Enter the recipient’s email address, subject line, and body of the message. Make sure the “Message” tab is active.


In the “Tags” section of the “Message” tab, click “High Importance”, if the message has high priority. You can also assign a “Low Importance” to a message. This is handy if the message is not as important, but you still want the recipient to be able to find it quickly in their list of email messages.


To assign a priority to an email message, you can also click the “Message Options” dialog box button in the “Tags” section.


The “Properties” dialog box displays. In the “Settings” section, select an option from the “Importance” drop-down list to set the priority.


You can also select the “Sensitivity” of the message in the “Settings” section. Click “Close” once you’ve made your selections.


High priority messages received in Outlook are marked with a red exclamation point in the first (“Importance”) column and low priority messages are marked with a blue down arrow.


These marks make it easier to find messages based on priority or importance. You can also click on the column header (“!”) to sort your messages by importance.

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