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Adding new folder in Outlook 2003, column field headers missing

Last Modified: 2012-05-05
When I add a new folder in Outlook 2003 under Personal Folders, select Mail and Post Items, and it creates the folder, but there are no column fields at the top of the message list. Usually you have several columns such as: "Importance", "Icon", "Attachment", "Flag", "From", "Subject", "Received" and "Date". I'm getting nothing on this particular PC. I thought maybe there's a corrupt ot missing reg key so I ran Office Repair, it didn't help.
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Right click up there, do you see a choice called Field Chooser? If so, select it, and drag the toobar headings where you want them to go.....


I know I can do that. The point is I don't want to HAVE to, and I shouldn't have to manually enter all those fields. When I create a new folder on my personal PC, it works fine, all the fields are there by default. But not so on this problem PC. Furthermore, on my own PC when I create a new folder it also includes column field headers that I've added to other folders I've created, i.e., in INBOX and other mail folders, I've added the field "email account" so I know from which email account the email came. When I create a new folder on my PC then, the new folder has all the default headers PLUS the "email account" header. That tells me that there's a reg key somewhere that tells Outlook what column field headers to use when creating a new folder.
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yeah... why didn't I think of that - good idea. I'll try it and let you know... thx


Excellent - that did it. Seems that corrupted Outlook profiles are responsible for many Outlook ills. Thank you
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Glad you fixed it....

Just had similar issue for one of my users "Messages" view as applied to her Outlook Inbox folder. It was only an issue for the Inbox folder, all other folders viewed fine. I was able to "fix" by doing this:

From main Outlook:

- View, Arrange by, Current View, Customize

- In the "Customize View: Messages" windows, Other Settings, uncheck Use multi-line layout in widtghs smaller than 100 characters, select Always use single-line layout

Notes: The out of the box default is to see 'Use multi-line layout in widths smaller than 100' box checked, so why is she the only user of 500 to have the problem? Only thing I can think of, and I'm not even sure it's logical or in the ballpark, is that this poor user has a 17" monitor and vision problems so she has super large fonts and icons for her desktop and Outllo combined with low resolution settings low resolution.

Only problem with this thought, is that the issue only effects her Inbox folder. Why not then effect all folders? Hmmm...


Good addition to the thread. Thanks for the added info.

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