Outlook Public Folder View - initially selected item

Posted on 2006-05-19
Last Modified: 2010-04-08
I have created some custom folder views for an Exchange public contacts folder for our company and in general everything is fine except for one niggle:-

When the users open the folder or change views, Outlook always shows the list of contacts with the last item selected. To see the top of the list the users have to scroll upwards.

There's nothing hugely wroing with this except that it's counter-intuitive for most people - they expect to start at the top and work down.

The only way I've been able to find to get Outlook to start at the top of the list is to check the "Show 'new item' row" box in Other Settings, but I do not want to allow in-cell editing which would also have to be enabled. I have tried every combination I can think of sort orders, filters and grouping.

Is there a way to specify how Outlook displays this?

This is an urgent problem as this is the only issue holding back implementation of this folder, hence maximum points on offer.
Question by:MattWoodman
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    Greetings, MattWoodman !

    Try clicking on the title of the list and see if the order reverses.

    If no joy, there is nothing natively within Outlook that can change where the cursor lies in opening a folder. There may be a script or a third party program that can do this, but I do know if any.

    Best wishes!
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    Thanks, war1

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    Hi war1

    Thanks for your comment.

    I was hoping I was missing something and that there was a way to do this - obviously not.

    Thanks for your help - at least I know now and can get on with the project.

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