Outlook returns to the folder of a message after deleting it. Here’s how to navigate through you inbox more quickly by opening the next message instead.
Outlook, by default, will return to the folder of a message after you delete it. If you get hundreds of emails every day, it’s always good to find an advantage to get through them faster. To make things go more quickly, you might want to go directly to the next message. Here’s how to set that up in Outlook 2010 and the new 2013.
Make Outlook Go to Next Message After Deleting Email
Update: While this was written using Outlook 2013, the following steps work the same with all versions of Outlook — Including the app in the Microsoft 365 (formerly O365) suite.
Go to File > Options and select Mail in the left pane.
Then on the right side scroll all the way down to the “Other” section. You’ll see “After moving or deleting an open item” from the dropdown menu, select Open the next item and click OK to save the changes.
That’s all there is to it! Now when you delete an open message, it will open the next message right away versus going back to the current folder you’re in. This tip will allow you to manage your email in a more rapid fashion.