How do you globally set the "Arrange By" characteristic of all Mail folders in Outlook 2003?

Posted on 2007-08-07
Last Modified: 2010-04-08
How do you go about globally setting the "Arrange By" characteristic of all Mail folders in Outlook 2003?

Somehow, all of my 100+ mail folders have been set to Arrange by "From" when I always use Arrange by "Date"

I would like to find out how to re-set them all at once without individually right-clicking each folder and setting it locally.
Question by:ogpete
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    Greetings ogpete !

    You can reset all your views with this command line. Go to Start > Run and type outlook.exe /cleanviews
    and click OK.

    Best wishes, war1

    Author Comment

    Hello war1,

    Thanks for that suggestion, however I'm not sure if I should have used the term "re-set" in my question.

    To be more specific; what I need to do is to just return all folders to being ordered by Date without affecting any other aspect of my view.

    Will the "outlook.exe /cleanviews" command affect anything else?


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    The command will return all views in folders to the default view, which is by Date.  If you have any other type of custom views, they will be reset also.

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