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In Outlook 2010 folder names were bold if there was unread mail in them. In Outlook 2013 this was changed, and by default there's only a bold-blueish number behind the folder.

How can I once again have bold folder names for folders with unread mail in Outlook 2013?


Things I've tried, to no avail:

  • Search the web. I even landed at our friends at experts-exchange (scroll down to see the "answers" ;-))
  • Conditional formatting tips on the web, but they all come down to changing other UI bits
  • Custom conditional formatting rules, but they all seem to be about the list of messages (middle pane), not about the list of folders

A Microsoft MVP mentioned on answers.microsoft.com that it's just not possible. That post was from quite a while ago, I would hope that someone has found a solution or workaround by now?

To clarify, here's a screenshot with indication of what I'd like:

Screenshot of mailbox with notes

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Not an answer since I don't use Outlook 2013 and I'm not able to test this, but you could have a look at wfSpy. Provided that 1) Outlook 2013 is written using Windows Forms in a supported version of .NET and 2) wfSpy does what it stays on the tin ("allows you to spy/browse the window hierarchy of a running Windows Forms application [...] and to change properties as well") you might be able to pull this off. Obviously this will require some hacking, so as it stands--even if this method works--your current answer is still the correct one. –  Eric Feb 6 '13 at 18:12
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The answer on microsoft.com you've found is correct: this can't be done in Outlook 2013.

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Unfortunately, this is impossible. However, you could always revert to Office 2010.

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