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

Posted on 2012-08-16
Last Modified: 2012-08-30
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.
Question by:rberke
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    Expert Comment

    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.

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    Author Comment

    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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    Author Comment

    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.
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    Accepted Solution

    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.

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    Author Closing Comment

    Nobody could clearly answer my question, so I installed Outlook 2010 and answered my question myself,

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