outlook 2003 find folders and not messages

Posted on 2004-11-29
Last Modified: 2008-03-06
I use Outlook 2003 and I have hundreds and hundreds of folders that I use to organize my messages.  When I do a 'find' it only brings up the MESSAGES and not the FOLDERS that match the criteria.  This is semi-useful, but not what i'm looking for.  It shows what folder the message is located in but it does not show the hierarchy of the folder structure.  I want the 'find' to bring up the folder names and not the messages.  I also want to be able to search with wildcard symbols like the asterik(*).  So if i'm searching for the folder "hard-drive", I can use the criteria of 'hard*drive*' or something similar.  Thanks.
Question by:EliasSportsBureau
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    by:David Lee
    Outlook is only designed to find messages, not folders.  I don't think Microsoft envisioned anyone wanting to find a folder.  The search results display the name of the folder each matching item is in, but it doesn't show the folder hierarchy to the folder.  There might be an add-in out there somewhere that'll do this sort of thing, but to the best of my knowledge Outlook isn't designed for this.

    If you don't mind me asking, as a matter of curiosity why would you want to find a folder?  Is it because you have so many and it's a pain to drill down through them to get to a particular one?
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