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I've created a new profile in Outlook 2007 and opened my old Outlook pst file.  Everything seems to work fine except all my category color coding is gone.  How do I get this back?
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by:JustWorking
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Take a look here
http://www.slipstick.com/outlook/olcat.asp

You may need to right click on the root folder (Outlook Today), choose Properties and click the button to Upgrade to color categories. This will assign random colors to the categories....then you can adjust them as needed.
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Thanks for the suggestion.  I tried it and the only categories that have colors are the 6 standard ones in the Master Category List.  The 20+ categories I added and that are in my original profile are no longer in the Master Category List. I can add them back in one at a time, assign a color, and then all the Tasks, Appointments, etc assigned that category are then colored accordingly. So, if there is no way to rebuild the Master Cateogy List automatically, I can re-add them one at time each time I create a new profile.  But if you know of a way to retain the Master Category List when creating a new profile, please share it. Thanks!
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Came across this....does not sound promising. I thought with 2007 your list was saved in the pst for some reason?

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook/HA102178891033.aspx
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Mike did you by chance upgrade from 2003 to 2007 Outlook?
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Yes, I did upgrade from 2003 to Outlook 2007.  Does that help?
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Category Colors Restored: I discovered that when I created a new profile a new set of Personal Folders was also created in Outlook 2007.  When I deleted this duplicated set of Personal Folders all of the Category Colors and Assignements reappeared in my Master Category List.  So the problem has been resolved but I don't know why.  If you know why, I'll gladly give the 500 points and credit for the solution to you since you really helped me get there.  Thanks!
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Well that is a good thing. I was thinking that the pst may have been in the old 2003 format (where the category colors are stored in the registry) not like the 2007 pst (where they are stored in the pst).
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Since Outlook created the new Personal Folders it was referencing the categories in the new empty file (the default 6) NOT your original pst. By removing the empty one it now can ONLY reference the categories you set up in the past.

Good find by the way.
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