Edit the existing category name (outlook 2003)

Posted on 2011-03-17
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
.. without deleting the existing category.  I have many emails assigned to different categories, so if I delete the category all those emails would loose its category.  What I want to do instead is "edit" the exisitng category name.

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by:David Lee
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Hi, easycapital.

Edit the category where: in the list of categories or in all the items that uses that category?

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Hi BlueDevilFan,

In the list of categories.

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David Lee earned 500 total points
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Keep in mind that editing the category name in the master list will not change it in the items assigned to that category.  

For Outlook 2003 the master category list is stored in the registry.  You can find it at


The name of the key is Categories.

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You're welcome.

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