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    Sorting Messages (OL 2000)

    <img src=/S/hello.gif border=0 alt=hello width=25 height=29> Loungers

    Oh Boy its me and OL again.

    OK I have noticed that when you are receiving messages that OL sorts them say by date and time. This is fine, but what I am trying to do is to see the messages as they are coming in to the inbox.

    Is there a way to sort the messages as first come second come and third come as we go along.

    The reason that I ask is because say you have 300 messages, all on the same say, but some came in at 12:01 AM, some at 6:00 AM and some at 9:00 AM, and in another account you have the some other 300 messages that came at 2:00 AM and 8:00 AM and then at 12:00 PM. It would be nice to not have these sorted until the last message is downloaded, and then the user can sort the entire Inbox.

    Some messages are being left unporccessed by the human user simply because they are off the "Viewable list". What a shame, but our job as developers is to ease these hard ships on the human, and not have them scroll to death...

    Any ideas how not to have the messages sorted as they come in.

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    Re: Sorting Messages (OL 2000)

    <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>So, which is it?
    <hr>Is there a way to sort the messages as first come second come and third come as we go along.<hr>
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    <hr>Any ideas how not to have the messages sorted as they come in.<hr>
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    Re: Sorting Messages (OL 2000)

    <img src=/S/bwaaah.gif border=0 alt=bwaaah width=123 height=15> Unkamunka

    I am sorry I was very vauge, what I want Outlook is to let me sort the messages once I am ready, willing and able to do so, and not have it sort as the messages come by.

    So in other words, each session of getting messages should be independent of what ever I have in my mailbox. Say it will be all together in one block until I sort the Inbox.

    Again, if I get 300 messages, these 300 should be one after the other, on top of the messages in the Inbox. Then I get another 50 and these will be on top of the 300 I got earlier. Once I sort the mailbox, then they all fall in their respective places based on the sort.

    Hope this is clearer.

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    Re: Sorting Messages (OL 2000)

    Dunno if it is clearer, Wassim, but it sounds to me like you mean sorted in recieved order with most recent at the top. Should be easy to do in the standard View, if you set the View to include recieved date and time.
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    Re: Sorting Messages (OL 2000)

    Outlook stores a variety of dates, including Sent, Received, Created, and Modified. Add these to your Inbox view and experiment until you figure out which works best for your needs.

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    Re: Sorting Messages (OL 2000)

    <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15> John

    Yes that is exactly what I was looking for, in received order, which, in other words, mean not using a date, but using some sort of an index say message 001, message 002 and message 003 and these numbers mean that message 001 was received before 002, and 002 before 003, with out any regards to the received dates of these messages.

    Say in a database, record one can have a date, and record 2 can have a date, these dates are not related, but we know that record one was entered first, and then record 2 and so on.

    I think I may need to investigate a user defined field here??? <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>, controlled by VBA maybe?

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    Re: Sorting Messages (OL 2000)

    <img src=/S/hello.gif border=0 alt=hello width=25 height=29> Jefferson

    Please see my reply to John.

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    Re: Sorting Messages (OL 2000)

    <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20> Sorry if I'm being dense, Wassim, but why don't you use the Recieved Date and Time as that Index? (In VBA, the property MailItem.RecievedTime, a standard VBA Date variable.) It would be ideal to sort on. Can you explain more about why you need this Index?
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