Reader Mike G. had a problem with Outlook 2007 — his Unread Mail folder is missing from the Favorite Folders list.
One of Outlook’s convenient features is a box at the top left of the Outlook window in the Email view that shows Favorite Folders. Initially, it has Inbox, Unread Mail, Large Mail, and Sent Items.
Mike wants his missing folder back…
When I first installed Windows 7, and then Office Outlook 2007 there was an Outlook mail folder named "Unread Mail." I thought that that was a nice touch and it appeared to work quite well.
After I had imported my .pst files to keep my earlier emails and contacts, The "Unread Mail." folder was no longer there. I have not found how to restore it. Can you help? I really do not want to through another remove/reinstall cycle.
I wrote back to Mike to tell him that it was pretty easy to get the Unread Mail folder back.
The key is recognizing that the Unread Mail in the top Favorite Folders is really a shortcut to the Unread Mail folder in the Search Folders selection within your Personal Folders.
First, let’s look at the Favorite Folders in the top left corner of the Outlook 2007, after Unread Mail has been deleted.
You may have noticed that the default "Large Mail" now says "Larger Than 100KB" — that’s because I experimented with it. All I need to do to change the name is to right-click on it and select Rename
Right-click on Search Folders within Personal Folders. In the popup context menu, select New Search Folder…
Then, from the New Search Folder dialog box, right-click-and-drag or left-click-and-drag “Unread mail” to the Personal Folders’ Search Folders — or you can just select it and click OK.
That will drop the Unread Mail folder into the Search Folders.
Notice that, in the image below, the Unread Mail folder is in the Search Folders, but is not in Favorite Folders.
Close the New Search Folder dialog box (click Cancel)..
Now, if you like, you can drag it from the Search Folders to the top Favorite Folders section. This will duplicate the folder into the Favorite Folders section, not move it.
Initially, the Unread Mail folder and Large Mail folders are italicized and faded. I’m not sure why, but that’s the initial way it looks. When you create a new link, then it has normal, full colors.
I am not sure what you meant by dragging the folder. The Search Folder under the Personal Folder already had the Unread Mail folder in it.
Thanks to you, however, I actually found it. Before it was one of the Personal Folders (no intermediate folder). I can live with where it is, since you pointed it out.
Does the Large Mail folder only have the emails whose body is larger than 100k, or is it supposed to include those emails with attachments larger than 100k as well?
I wrote back to tell Mike that "right-click-and-drag" means to hold down the right mouse button and move the mouse.
In this case, to drag the folder from the Search Folder to the Favorite Folders at the top left of the Mailbox display. Let go of the right mouse button and you’ll get a move-copy-cancel option — pick copy.
In response to his question on the Large Mail folder, it shows emails whose total size is over 100K. If that didn’t include the attachments, it would be of little value.
I use it to find the emails with large attachments so that I can save the attachments to my hard drive and get them out of my Microsoft Exchange server account because of the limits on email storage space.