Can Outlook 2010 display user defined message properties in the Unread Mail folder?

Outlook 2003 cannot show user properties in the Unread Mail.   I am hoping Outlook 2010 can.  
I am hoping that Outlook 2010 has some native feature that integrates this functionality.
500 points to anybody who can guarantee that the answer is yes.


P.S.  I am not a rookie on this subject so please don't bother explaining how to use the Field Chooser wizard.  It is not a matter of opinion, it is just a fact that native Outlook 2003 doesn't allow user defined fields to appear in the unread mail folder.  

But, I have developed a workaround for 2003, but it is less than ideal: The user selects a group of emails and runs my ShowProperties vba macro which displays a vba form with subject and user properties.
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rberkeConsultantAuthor Commented:
The answer is "NO Outlook 2010 field chooser does not allow user defined fields to be displayed in Unread Mail or any similar search folder".

I am sad.

If you can show an example of what you are wanting - i could run through a query to one of the MVP to check if this is possible.

rberkeConsultantAuthor Commented:
I have attached a JPG that shows how to add cause a user defined field to show on a regular folder in Outlook 2003. Select a folder, then select a message, then run this vba code.
Sub test728()
Dim item As Object

For Each item In ActiveExplorer.selection
    item.UserProperties.Add "Entity", olText
    item.UserProperties("Entity") = "TestEntity"
    item.UserProperties.Add "MyContact", olText
    item.UserProperties("MyContact") = "TestContact"
Next item
End Sub

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After running that code, Field Chooser will show the Entity property and the MyContact property.

Repeat the process on the Unsent Mail folder, and it will not work.
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rberkeConsultantAuthor Commented:
I decided not to wait for an answer.  I will be downloading Office 2010 and I will test the outlook feature myself.  I will post the answer here when I am done.
rberkeConsultantAuthor Commented:
Nobody could clearly answer my question, so I installed Outlook 2010 and answered my question myself,
rberkeConsultantAuthor Commented:
5 years later, I discovered the following trick that allows Outlook 2010 to show user properties in Unread Mail and other search folders.

> navigate to Unread Mail folder (or any search folder) and get a screen shot of all the columns that are currently showing
> navigate to  a "normal folder" like Inbox that is showing the desired user defined properties like MyContact.  
> on Outlook Ribbon > View tab > Current View group
> Click "Change View"
> Click "apply current view to other mail folders"
> Expand the PST root directory then expand the "search folders" subdirectory
> put a check mark on "Unread Mail" and click OK.

> navigate to Unread Folder.  It now looks like Inbox and includes the desired user defined properties.
> adjust the other columns to match the screen shot from the earlier step.
rberkeConsultantAuthor Commented:
I wanted a user property like "EmailsPurpose" to show on the Unread Mail  search folder, but field chooser couldn't do it.

5 years ago I was told it was impossible, but I now have the following trick which works in Outlook 2010 (and probably all other versions of Outlook)

1) create a new folder named "Temp Folder"

Copy Unread Mail formats to Temp Folder as follows:
2) open Unread Mail  folder
3) Outlook ribbon > View tab > Current View group > Change View > 
 > Click "apply current view to other mail folders"
 > put check mark next to Temp Folder
 > click OK

Add "EmailsPurpose" to Temp Folder format as follows:
4) Open Temp Folder
5) right click on "Subject" in the directory > file chooser > User Defined Fields > drag "EmailsPurpose" to column headings

Copy Temp Folder format back to Unread Mail as follows:
3) Outlook ribbon > View tab > Current View group > Change View > 
 > Click "apply current view to other mail folders"
 > put check mark next to Unread Mail folder
 > click OK
 > optionally delete the Temp Folder.

You are done.  Now when you open the Unread Mail folder you can see "EmailsPurpose".
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