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2 years ago leora has asked this question and there is no answer for Outlook 2003 & 2007.
Does anyone know how to do it in Outlook 2010 or just "Could a newer and better mail client do this simple thing"?

In fact, there is a tip to do this thing, but quite dummy and personally, I hate to do these things manually for any mail box I have.
Right-click on Search Folders - New Search Folder... - Unread Mail - OK
Right-click on new Unread Mail (may be Unread1 if there is another Unread box) -- Customize this Search Folder - Browse... -- choose the folder you want to show unread count and don't forget the check box Search sub folder. Right-click and choose Show in Favorites to get focus.

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@greg84 in next 2 days if there aren't any answers, I'll answer as above. – LongTTH Feb 15 '12 at 12:59
Do you really need to show this count in realtime? Maybe the one-click report on all your mailboxes and folders (with message counts) will help? – thims Feb 28 '12 at 13:44

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