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Hello weve got outlook 2000 and outlook 2002, my problem is that ive got quite a few folders and sub folders hanging off the inbox, ive set up rules to move mail to these folders upon arrival, which works great, my problem is that it would be nice to see the unread messages for each folder expressed by the blue (1) next to the folder but on a higher level, so for example if i had a folder called 'family' and then a two sub folders of say 'smith' and 'jones' then within the smith folder two further folders of 'john' and 'jane' if a mail can into john and jane smith i would see a (2) on the inbox folder and the the family folder and on the smith folder and then a (1) on each of john and jane, this way when mail comes in and moves via the rules i can easily find it without opening all the folders hunting for it, please tell me i can do this easily its driving me nuts!!, any help would be great.

Simon
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by:CrazyOne
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You mean your parent folder isn't expanding when unread mail is put in the child folder? This is what happens for me.

Folder A = parent folder
Folder B = child of A

New unread message rule moves email to Folder B and Folder A is automatically expanded so I can see Folder B which the font on Folder A and Folder B are bold letting me know there are unread messages.
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by:CrazyOne
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Ooops the text on Folder A only becomes bold when it has unread email but it still auto expands when new unread mail is move to Folder B
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by:SimonWilkins
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no this is not whats happening i only see the number of unread messages in a folder when its expanded so in your example id only see mail unread in folder b if i opened folder a, i'm connecting to exchange via outlook if that has any difference, but i cant see how as all im doing is using rules.
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by:Mob-bom
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Hi SimonWilkens

A simple workaround would be to create a shortcut to the folders in the Outlook Bar.  It should show the unread items for each folder, regardless of its parent folder being expanded or not.
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by:SimonWilkins
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Hi,
Yes thats ok but i've potential for a few dozens folders which would only move the scrolling to the shortcut bar, anybody got any other suggestions, i take it that theirs no way to turn on a property so that unreads are shown are shown in parent folders and so on
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