Re: Finding unread items in Outlook

Cy Selfridge

Hmm, I must have missed the question because I look for unread mail quite
In Outlook 2007 when you are in a folder press the alt key, left arrow twice
and arrow down until you see "view".
Press enter. If you see "current view" press enter. You should see
"messages" and several other choices. Arrow down until you see "unread
messages". Press enter and you will see all of the unread messages in that
When you are through with the unread messages press alt again and arrow left
twice. Find "current view" and press enter. Now, if you press "messages" you
are back in busines with all of the messages in the folder.
In 2003 the message count used to show the number of unread messages but I
see that in 2007 you still see the total number of messages in the folder.
If you want to find messages by a particular person then arrow up once from
"current view" and you should see "arrange by". Press enter and arrow down
until you see "from". Press enter and the folder will be arranged
alphabetically. Press the letter which the sender's name starts with and
then you are in the group of messages which starts with that letter. Just
arrow down until you either find the person you are looking for or you
discover that there are no messages from that sender.
To return to the normal arrangement go through the alt step and press enter
on "arrange by".
The first entry is "date" and that is the one I use.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jfw [] On Behalf Of Adrian Spratt
Sent: Sunday, November 11, 2012 10:47 AM
To: 'The Jaws for Windows support list.'
Subject: Finding unread items in Outlook

Hi. I've just found the answer to an Outlook problem that went unsolved
several months ago on this list. The question was how to locate unread mail,
especially in a folder containing many messages. Obviously, you can arrow up
or down for messages flagged as unread, but if a certain folder has hundreds
of messages, it is an unwieldy process.

I'm using Outlook 2003, so anyone interested who uses a later version will
need to figure out how it might work there. Note that this method is not
needed in Outlook Express, where simply pressing control-u brings up all
unread messages.

Here's the solution:

1. In the list of folders, find "Search folders." On my system in 2003, it
is the last item under "Personal folders."

2. Press right arrow to open. JAWS does not speak "Open," but if you arrow
up once and back down once, it won't say "Closed." I suggest assuming that
once right arrow is pressed, the folder is open.

3. Press the applications key.

4. The first item that JAWS verbalizes is "New search folder..." Press

5. A list appears. On my system, the first item verbalized is "Unread
messages." Press enter.

6. Tab once to arrive at a list of unread email from all folders. You can
open, mark or delete each message as desired.

7. to return to the regular folders list, press shift-tab to return to
"Unread," arrow up to "Search folders," then press left arrow to close.
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