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I just re-installed Outlook 2010 on my desktop and used the pst data files from my Laptop to restore my data.  But Outlook data files are lousy at restoring all data!

I just discovered that the categories on my desktop display in the preview page but the category drop down shows color codes.  Can I get the categories I see in the review pain into the category list in the drop down? Categories
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Karen Falandays earned 500 total points
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Hi Mikcox,
Try this, from Slipstick:

Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010 do not use the registry for a master category list; they are stored in the default message store (mailbox or pst). If you are setting up a new system and using your old pst the color categories will be available on the new system. 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.

For more information, here is the link to that great article:
http://www.slipstick.com/outlook/outlook-categories-and-color-categories/

kfalandays
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I don't really care about the colors, I just want to categories to display.

Thanks for the link, I'll study the article and see if it helps.

fyi I can't even see the "Outlook Today" folder.  It's like the process of restoring my outlook settings from my laptop pst files missed most of the options; and this was done by MS support service; you know: the one that is outsourced to India!No root
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Even if you can't see the Outlook today folder, just right mouse click your top folder, the one with your name on it~
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Here is the result of right clicking my email address.Rt Click
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The article was very helpful
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