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How can i compare 2 folders that has the sent mails in one and the other has received mails.

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Hi,

How can i compare 2 folders that has the sent mails in one and the other has received mails.
And get the output of the ones that have not replied.

I have sent 4000+ mails all the sent mails are in a folder. I have received 2000+ mails. Now how do i compare these 2 and get the missing ones.

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Sharath
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Hi, bsharath.

Doing this is difficult, not from the coding sense, but from the perspective of "what constitutes a reply".  The best way of finding a reply is to match a property called ConversationIndex.  All messages in a thread have the same ConversationIndex.  But, there are exceptions.  For example, you send me a message with a subject of "Outlook Question".  After reading the message I decide to reply, but do so without using Outlook's Reply feature.  Instead, I create a new message with a subject of "Your Outlook Question".  That's clearly a reply, but because I didn't use Outlook's reply the message will have a completely different ConversationIndex value.  I'm also unsure if all mail systems return the information Outlook needs to determine the message what message the reply is to in order for Outlook to assign the proper ConversationIndex.  

In short, I can do this, but the results may be inaccurate.  The routine may report that some messages don't have a reply when in fact they do.  Also, for whatever it's worth, if you put the replies in the same folder with the original messages, then you can do this without any scripting at all.  Simply create a view that groups on conversation.  The result will be something like this:

  Conversation A
      Message
      Reply
  Conversation B
      Message
      Reply
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Thanks...

My mails are all subjected changed so this will not solve the issue. The other one to move all mails to a folder and check.Thats good.

See if you can comment on this
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Q_23771452.html
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