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I have several folders in Outlook that I have sorted based on importance, date, etc. How can I ensure that every time I visit that folder that the groups remain expanded? For instance, if I delete all items of normal or low importance, the next time I get items with normal or low importance, the group is collapsed. I'm running Outlook 2007.

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Unfortunately I think you're out of luck on this one. Memory of expanded groups (or lack thereof) is one of the bigger annoyances of mine.

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Thanks. That's what I thought, but I wasn't 100% sure. – Jason N. Gaylord Sep 23 '09 at 16:05

There is an easy way to make this work by default and not have to expand each time. Go to view > arrange by > custom > group by

At the very bottom there is a drop down that let's you default to expanded view. Once this is set you will always default expanded.

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This should be the accepted answer. – edhubbell Jul 23 '13 at 12:11

View | Current View | Customize Current View | Group By | Expand/collapse defaults | All Expanded

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The best workaround I've found is to use the CTRL+PLUS keyboard shortcut for Expand All Groups

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This works for Outlook 14 - to collapse/expand Groups in a folder:

  1. Access the Folder that has Groups expanded.

  2. View menu → View settingsGroup by... button → uncheck Automatically group according to arrangement → OK → OK.

Groups will collapse now.

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