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I am trying to create a custom search folder in outlook 2010. I am using the "advanced" tab in the "search folder criteria" dialog. One of the criteria I need is the read/unread status of an message. But the "field" dropdown does not contain a field corresponding to read/unread status (see screen shot below).

This is odd because the read/unread status is available in the "More Choices" tab, but seemingly not in the "advanced" tab.

How do I create an advanced search folder criteria which incorporates the read/unread status of a message?

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Just type (do not try to select) "Read" for the field name and select "Yes" or "No".

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This doesn't work in Professional Plus 2010. Have you had it work? – Roy Truelove Oct 10 '13 at 16:32
Works in Outlook 2013 – snowdude Feb 25 '14 at 12:42
Works for me in Outlook 2010 Standard 32-bit. Thanks! – dunxd Mar 25 '15 at 13:25

What you're looking for was possible on Outlook 2003 but not 2010. Seems to have been a step backwards by Microsoft. You can easily sort out the 'Unread' mails using the conventional Search Folders > Unread mail option but to get a detailed description as to why you can't sort read mail, look at this thread.

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seems like a fundamental omission. – Ken May 1 '12 at 13:39
Yup, it does. Microsoft never fails to baffle. I'm using Outlook 2007 and can't figure out how to do this either. – prrao May 1 '12 at 13:45

In the "More Choices" tab the first checkbox is "only items that are" and you can choose between unread or read. This is how you filter to show only read or unread messages.

You can then apply further advanced search criteria in the Advanced tab if you wish.

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Just found an answer for that if still relevant.

Similar to what the person above suggested, but just enter "Unread" for the field name and select "Yes" or "No".

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When I try to add Unread to query builder I get an error message saying the criteria is not valid. Read works. This is in Outlook 2010 Standard 32-bit. – dunxd Mar 25 '15 at 13:27

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