OL98: E-mail Messages Disappear from the Inbox

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E-mail messages may disappear from your Inbox after they have been read, or they may begin disappearing before you read them if the preview pane is open.
Two possible causes for this behavior are:
  • You have a filter that applies to only display unread messages.
  • You are looking at a Microsoft Exchange Mailbox and have an instance of Outlook running that has delivery set to a Personal Folders (.pst) file.
Use one of the following methods to work around this behavior.

Cause 1

To remove all filters, follow these steps:
  1. On the View menu, point to Current View, and then click Customize Current View.
  2. In the View Summary dialog box, click Filter.
  3. In the Filter dialog box, click Clear All, and then click OK twice.
All e-mail messages, both read and unread, are now visible.

Cause 2

If you view your Inbox on an Exchange Server mailbox, verify that the delivery point is set to your mailbox and not a Personal Folders (.pst) file anywhere you are running Outlook. To do this:
  1. On the Tools menu, click E-mail Accounts.
  2. Click View or change existing e-mail accounts, and then click Next.
  3. Verify that the Deliver new mail to the following location option is set to your mailbox, and then click Finish.
  4. Restart Outlook.
For additional information about missing e-mail messages, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
214634 Missing E-Mail Messages in Outlook Express
OL98 98

Article ID: 253504 - Last Review: 10/20/2013 17:15:15 - Revision: 1.0

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