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Outlook 2003 - Invitation arrive in Calendar and do not show up in Inbox

When somebody sends me an Invite on an appointment in Outlook 2003, it does not arrive or show up in my Inbox.  It 'arrives' in my Calendar and not in my Inbox.  If I go to my Calendar, I can Accept or Decline the Invite there.

I have been in Tools / Options / Calendar Options / Resource Scheduling and verified that 'Automatically accept meeting requests......' is NOT checked.  However, I continue to receive Invites in the Calendar and not in my Inbox.

Any suggestions?  Thanks!
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have you configured any Outlook rule for it work the way how you've mentioned?

If its not the Outlook rule then it could be that you have set your Outlook view to display only emails/unread messages/may be something customized to show everything else other than meeting requests.
To confirm this open Outlook and click on Inbox (if it not set to show inbox when it starts)
Now, at the top where it reads 'Inbox' in large caps, on the same line but towards the right corner does it read '(Filter Applied)'?
If yes then that's what needs to be changed.
Click on View>Arrange By>Current View>Messages
Once this is done, you'll see all the items which are and will come into your mailbox.

The reason why it would not show up in the Inbox and still show in the calendar is because of a a piece of Outlook code  nicknamed the "sniffer"  which automatically adds the meeting to your calendar and marks it as tentative.

Refer to the below link from Microsoft for more details on this.

Go to the point: "Don't move meeting requests" in the below link


Hope this helps.

DilbertW01Author Commented:
I had an old rule from testing months ago.  I thought it had been removed, but it was in the list of rules.  Big 'duh' on my part.
I am now testing with a test account and when I send myself an appointment it goes to the inbox and then immediately moves to the deleted items folder.  I do not have any rules in place!!
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