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    Combining inward and outward mail (2003)

    I find it unhelpful to separate mail into inward and outward. In GroupWise you can redefine the Inbox view to also display sent mail. How can you do this in Outlook?

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    Re: Combining inward and outward mail (2003)

    Are you sure about that? Seems confusing to me!

    You can instruct Outlook to save Sent messages to the Inbox by default.
    You can create a Search Folder that combines messages from any set of folders you like.

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    Re: Combining inward and outward mail (2003)

    "You can instruct Outlook to save Sent messages to the Inbox by default". How do you do that?

    PS: I'm not sure what you find confusing? If I'm re-reading a thread, I don't want to have to keep switching backwards and forwards between folders. If I'm reviewing my mail to check whether anything needs following up (eg, have I overlooked the need to reply? has anyone failed to reply?), I only want to have to look in one place.

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    Re: Combining inward and outward mail (2003)

    To redirect the messages, try a rule. This thread has some tips: 'Move to' rule question (2003)

    Regarding my fear of confusion, I see what you mean about following a conversation. I sort mail into a folders by client and/or topic, mising sent and received there, so fortunately I don't have to do much switching -- and I don't have to see me talking to myself in the Inbox. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    Added: To change the default from Sent Items to another folder without a rule probably requires changing your default form. I don't recommend that.

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    Re: Combining inward and outward mail (2003)

    You may also want to consider checking the option Tools | Options | Preference | Advanced Email Options | In Folders other than the inbox, save replies with original message.

    Opinion and commentary follows. I don't use Groupwise but my wife uses it; she has used Outlook in a corporate environment and still prefers it at home. Her perspective is that Outlook provides more storage flexibility through the creation of folders and categories, and that is what Jefferson is alluding to in how he stores his messages. To put it another way, Outlook is designed and encourages users not to leave things in one folder and track by threads (it can track by 'conversation', but not very well). I have about 20,000 messages in my corporate message storage; I'm not sure threading within one folder would be very viable.
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    Re: Combining inward and outward mail (2003)

    A quick follow-up. I tried your suggestion of using a Search folder, and it works just as I want it. It works like this (also see the attachment):<UL><LI>Created a search folder called "***Active mail***". It's defined to display the contents of all the following folders:

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