Reader Pat wrote to ask how to solve her inabiliy to delete emails in Outlook Express. Since I’ve written a number of articles on the subject, I wrote back to tell her that I’d written several articles on the subject. I suggested that she read:
Pat wrote back to report success and to ask another question:
My delete now works in Outlook Express! Thanks.
One more question. My mother’s Outlook Express is always wacky. The headers are never where they should be. I have tried to download a new one but never seem to find a website I trust. Ideas?
I wrote back that I would not consider downloading Outlook Express from anywhere except www.microsoft.com.
I think here problem with the "headers" meant that the column headings in the Inbox (or in another message folder) are not in the order she thinks they should be. The good news is that they are movable.
Just left-click on a heading and drag to the left, in order to move it to the left of another column. That is, if you want to move the Subject column to the left of the From column, just left-click-and-drag the Subject column heading to the left of the From column heading.
Similarly, you can drag headings to the right, such as moving the From heading to the right of the Received date column.
Another way is to right-click on any of the column headings and, then, choose "Columns…"
The Columns dialog box will let you check and uncheck fields to be displayed. It will also let you move items up and down in the list, which will affect their left-to-right order in the display.