How to Disable ‘Clutter’ in Office 365 Mailboxes?

Megha Sharma
Megha Sharma | Updated On - 18 May 2022 |

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If you’re like most people, you probably find your email inbox cluttered and overwhelming. This is especially true if you use Office 365 for your email. It has a feature called ‘Clutter’ that is designed to help declutter your mailbox by moving lower priority messages into a separate folder. However, if you don’t find Clutter helpful or if it’s causing problems for you, there are ways to disable the ‘Clutter’ feature and regain control over your inbox. In this post, we’ll show you how to do it. Stay organized and productive – follow these simple steps!

Clutter in Office 365

Clutter is a feature in Office 365 that helps you focus on the email messages that are most important to you. Clutter moves unnecessary messages from your Inbox so you can easily scan for the messages that need your attention. Clutter learns from the user’s email habits and gets better over time at figuring out what messages they’re going to ignore. Moreover, you can control whether Clutter is turned on or off for your account, and you can always move a message back to your Inbox if Clutter misclassified it.

If you find that Clutter isn’t moving any emails, or if it’s not moving the types of emails you want it to, there are a few things you can do to improve its performance. First, make sure that Clutter is turned on for your account. You can do this by going to the Clutter page in Office 365 settings. Next, take a look at your email habits and see if there are any patterns that Clutter isn’t picking upon. For example, if you always delete messages from certain senders without reading them, Clutter might not realize that these messages are a low priority for you.

But as some users rely on rules for managing the mails, this Clutter feature is unnecessary for them. Also, users who complain about not finding the emails crucial for them in their Inbox can check for the emails in Clutter. So, they can consider disabling this feature.

Here we are discussing two ways for disabling the Clutter feature, one for administrators and the other for end users.

Outlook Versions That Support Clutter Are:

  • Outlook on the web for Exchange Server 2019
  • Outlook on the web for Exchange Server 2016
  • Outlook Web App Light Office for business
  • Microsoft 365 admin Outlook on the web
  • Outlook Web App for Office 365 Small Business
  • Outlook Web App for Office 365
  • Outlook 2021/Outlook 2019/Outlook 2016/Outlook 2013
  • Outlook for Microsoft 365

How Can Office 365 Administrators Disable Clutter?

Though a useful feature, Clutter can be a nuisance sometimes. So, Office administrators can disable this feature for users. Here is how they can do this:

Open Windows PowerShell on your system. Connect to Office 365 using these steps:

  1. Run this command first.
    $UserCredential = Get-Credential
  2. It will ask for the Office 365 login credentials. Enter your Office 365 username, and password then click OK.
  3. Now, run these two commands one after another.
    $Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri https://outlook.office365.com/powershell-liveid/ -Credential $UserCredential -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection

    Import-PSSession $Session -DisableNameChecking

  4. Office 365 account is successfully connected through PowerShell. Execute this command to disable the Clutter feature for Office 365 mailboxes.
    For Single Mailbox –

    Set-Clutter -Identity “user name” -Enable $false

    For Multiple Mailboxes –

    $users = “user name 1″,”user name 2”
    ForEach ($user in $users) {
    Set-Clutter -Identity $user -Enable $false
    }

    For All Office 365 User Mailboxes

    Get-Mailbox -ResultSize Unlimited | Set-Clutter -Enable $false

    Note: You can enable the clutter feature for your Office 365 mailboxes, by just passing the true value to -Enable parameter as shown:

    Set-Clutter -Identity “user name” -Enable $true

How Can Office 365 End Users Disable Clutter?

Office 365 end users can also easily disable/enable the clutter feature in their mailboxes. Open your mailbox and follow these steps:

  1. Go to the gear-shaped Settings icon and search for the ‘clutter’ word. Click on the Clutter option.
    Click on the Clutter option
  2. Now, clear the checkbox “Separate items identified as clutter” and click on Save to save the settings.
    save the settings

This will disable the clutter feature in your Office 365 mailbox.

Note: As per Microsoft sources, Clutter will be replaced with a new feature, namely, Focused Inbox.

Conclusion

If you are an Office 365 user, you may have noticed the ‘Clutter’ folder in your mailbox. This folder is designed to help you manage your email by automatically moving lower priority messages out of your inbox and into the Clutter folder. However, if you find that this feature is not working for you or is creating more clutter in your mailbox than before, it can be easily disabled. In this article, we have shown you how to disable the Clutter feature in Office 365. Just follow these simple instructions and you will be clutter-free in no time!