My company just upgraded from win2k to XP Pro and from Outlook 2000 to Outlook 2003. I spend most of my time (it seems) dealing with email, so I got very used to the way Outlook was set up...but with 2003 it's different enough to be an annoyance and a hindrance to efficiency.
I'd rather have the left pane look the way it used to, but I know I can't. But I use all sorts of folders, and want as many in view as possible - is there a way to remove the 'Favorite folders' section of the pane so I can see more Personal folders?
The only other thing that bothers me is the order in which messages are deleted. I get several hundred emails a day and many I can delete offhand. Here's what I mean:
(My messages are sorted with the most recent at the top.) With an email message open, pressing the delete button within the message's toolbar will delete that message and move 'up' to the 'previous' message, in this case meaning the one directly above it. This is what I am used to. And I know where to find the setting for it (under Email options, message handling). But with no message open and maybe 300 new messages in my inbox, I want to quickly delete the ones I know I don't need to read, such as automated file system alerts that are basically false alarms. In Outlook 2000, I sort by subject, highlight the newest one, and hit the delete button on my keyboard. After the highlighted message deletes, the next one scrolls up and is highlighted, and I delete that one...and so on. In Outlook 2003, when I delete the newest message, the highlight bar scrolls up to the message above it - I end up deleting messages I didn't intend to. Yeah, I know it's minor and I know what the 'new practice' is...but 5 years of daily routine is not that easy to suppress. I can't find any control to change the order in which the messages in the Inbox pane are deleted - which leads me to assume it can't be changed - unless it is controlled by the same setting that controls how messages are deleted when they are in an opened state.
If anyone has any ideas on how to eliminate either of these petty nuisances that are driving me batty - PLEASE!!!!!