Tuesday Tip: Outlook – How to Quickly Close All Those Pesky Open Emails

By Richard Stokes

Yosemite SamLike Yosemite Sam, this week’s Tuesday Tip is short and to the point. I’ve said this before and still believe it to be true: email is arguably the number one application that is used in the business world and when it’s running slow or not working, there’s trouble a’brewin’!

By about mid-morning I find that as I’m sorting through and replying to emails I’ve inevitably got 8-10 open and active on my desktop. At some point I want to declutter my desktop of open emails. So this week’s tip is a quick time saver that I learned a few weeks ago from Jason, one of our engineers.

Instead of laboriously closing email one at a time, there’s a button in the Outlook toolbar that will close all open emails at once.

You’ll find it under the ‘View’ Tab in the Outlook toolbar and then all the way over to the right. ‘Close All Items’
Close All ItemsWhen you click this, Outlook will close all open emails and leave Outlook running – now why didn’t I think of that? This feature can be found in the same location whether you’re running Outlook 2010, 2013 or 2016.

See? Short, to the point and a nifty time saver if you’re like me and have been closing every open email when uncluttering your desktop.

Richard Stokes: As the Director of Sales for Network 1, Richard identifies “future” clients that can benefit from the support of an experienced, outsourced IT team. He helps clients and prospects find technology solutions they need to achieve better productivity and efficiency so they can focus on making money and growing their businesses.

Network 1 designs, builds and supports the IT you need to run your business more securely, productively and successfully. Whether you want to outsource all of your IT needs to a reliable, responsive, service-oriented company, or need to supplement the work of your internal IT staff, we will carefully evaluate where you are now, discuss where you want to go and implement and support a plan to get you there with as little interruption as possible.


  1. Francine Nault on August 4, 2017 at 6:43 am

    My problem is that when I open Outlook it also opens a tab for my browser so if I happen to make a search online and it leaves me with all kinds of tabs I cannot click the (x) on the right to close off browser because it also closes Outlook.

    How can I open Outlook all by itself?

    • network1 on August 8, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      Hi Francine,

      Thank you for the comment and interest in the posting. It sounds like you might be opening your email through a web browser version of Outlook as opposed to a locally installed Outlook client on your computer. The tip described is for when you are running Outlook from the desktop application rather than within a browser (Internet Explorer, Chrome or Firefox). If you don’t have Outlook installed on your computer you would need to purchase it and have it installed in order for this tip to work as described. I hope this helps.


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