Outlook using colors issue

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jcc890

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Outlook 2007
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Hi,
Looking for some help here from all the experts, I have setup my outlook with different colors and fonts using the "using colors" (tools, organize, using colors) function.
One day, I was not able to search and get all the results I should get, so I ran outlook.exe /cleanfinders and my search results was back to normal. And obviously all my colors were gone and I had to redo them...
But after re-doing them, they were gone all in a sudden, this happened about three times and I had to redo all of them from scratch.. real pain.... so after that, my colors stuck there for a while and one day I go into work and all the colors were back to how it was before I did cleanfinders!!!!

I would like some expert assistance if possible on below:
1. export and import the colors I specified; and/or
2. how to fix the problem to ensure this will never happen again..

I am using Outlook 07 on Windows 7.

Many thanks in advance!!!
 

larry

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Outlook 2010 64 bit
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/cleanfinders rebuilds the reminder cache, it doesn't reset the views, /cleanviews reset the views back to the default. A wild guess: the view was reset, either intentionally or because it was corrupt, or you customized a different view and the views were switched on you.

Colors can't be exported, but they are a part of your view. The default views in the older versions of Outlook can be a little wonky; I gave up customizing the default views and copied the default and then customized the copy. I couldn't accidentally reset the view this way and rarely lost a view. If you customize the default, make a copy of that view when you are finished, and if the view gets reset, start using the copy.
 

Diane Poremsky

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Outlook 2016 32 bit
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Office 365 Exchange
The only way to fix it is to copy the view after you customize it, then use the copy if the original view is reset or deleted. /cleanfinders isn't responsible for the loss of the views, /cleanviews would wipe out all custom views though.
 

jcc890

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Outlook version
Outlook 2007
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Exchange Server
Many Thanks Larry and Diane for your prompt reply.

I guess I did run cleanviews instead....

Both of you stated I should make copy of the original, as in just write it down somewhere, correct?

Thanks again.
 

Diane Poremsky

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Office 365 Exchange
No, ;) after you are happy with the view, go to manage views and select the view then click the copy button. If I recall correctly, You are using 2007, so it's on the view menu, under current views.

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jcc890

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Outlook version
Outlook 2007
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Exchange Server
Thank you sooooo much... so as long as I don't run cleanviews again, this view should be there to select from :)
 

Diane Poremsky

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Outlook 2016 32 bit
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Office 365 Exchange
Yes, as long as you don't use cleanviews or delete it, the view will stick around.
 
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