How do I view all the messages in SENT ITEMS that have not been replied to?

Posted on 2005-04-19
Last Modified: 2010-04-08
Hi , using Outlook 2003, is it possible to view or flag messages that I have not received a reply to?



Question by:apluck2
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    by:David Lee
    Hi apluck2,

    I can't imagine how this'd be possible.  The only way I can think of to do this would be to read a sent message and then search every possible folder in your mail box looking for a reply.  That'd present two problems.  First, the response could be anywhere and depending on the number of folders and messages you have this could take a really long time to go through them all looking for a match.  And I'm not sure how we'd identify a match.  Messages do have a property called a ConversationTopic that's designed to loosely link all the messages in a converstaion thread.  However, all the messages in a conversation have the same ConversationTopic so it'd be very difficult to pick out which message was the reply to a given message.  Second, a recipient could have replied with a new message instead of using reply.  So the reply might be there but we'd have no way to link it to the original message.  


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    Hi BlueDevilFan,

    I'm trying to find a way of managing my sent items so i can figure out who I need to chase up (ie. who has not replied to my messages)

    this is related to the following question, which is my fallback option...
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    Unfortunately, Outlook just isn't designed to do this the way you'd like.  Even when you click on the "Find all related messages" links in a message all Outlook does is go find every message with the same ConversationTopic.  It still can't assemble them in a thread showing which is a reply to which and so on.  

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