2 Quick Ways to Apply the View of One Folder to Another in Your Outlook

Many users want to apply the view of one folder to another in Outlook. Looking at this requirement, this article will introduce 2 quick approaches to realize it.

Outlook permits users to customize the folder view. For instance, you can add a custom column to the item list at will. Now, if you’ve designed a folder view, you may hope to apply it to the other folders. So, thereinafter, we’ll share you 2 ways to achieve it. You can use either to your liking.

Apply the View of One Folder to Another in Your Outlook

Method 1: Realize with Native Function

  1. At the very outset, launch your Outlook application.
  2. Then, pitch on a mail folder in the navigation pane, such as “Inbox” folder.
  3. Next, switch to “View” tab.
  4. Subsequently, click on the “Change View” button.
  5. From the drop down menu, find and select the “Apply Current View to Other Mail Folders”.Apply Current View to Other Mail Folders
  6. In the popup dialog box, you can choose a target mail folder.Apply View
  7. Finally, click “OK” to save the changes.

Notes: This method has some shortcomings as follows:

  • As you can see, you can’t apply the Inbox folder view to some folders, such as “Sent Items”, “Drafts”, “Deleted Items”, “Junk Email” folder.
  • Also, when you select “Sent Items” folder or others, the “Apply Current View to Other Mail Folders” feature is greyed out, like the following image.Disabled "Apply View"

Thereby, in the followings, we will share you another method, which doesn’t have such flaws.

Method 2: Achieve with Outlook VBA

  1. To begin with, access Outlook VBA editor with reference to “How to Run VBA Code in Your Outlook”.
  2. Then, put the following VBA code into a module.
Sub ApplyViewOfOneFolderToAnother()
    Dim SourceFolder As Outlook.Folder
    Dim TargetFolder As Outlook.Folder
    'Get the source folder
    Set SourceFolder = Outlook.Application.Session.PickFolder
    'To specify the current folder, use the following line instead
    'Set SourceFolder = Outlook.Application.ActiveExplorer.CurrentFolder

    If Not SourceFolder Is Nothing Then
       'Select the target folder
       Set TargetFolder = Application.Session.PickFolder

       If Not TargetFolder Is Nothing Then
          If TargetFolder.DefaultItemType = SourceFolder.DefaultItemType Then
             'Copy the View Settings from source folder to the target
             With TargetFolder.CurrentView
                  .XML = SourceFolder.CurrentView.XML
             End With

             MsgBox "Source and target folder should be in the same type.", vbExclamation + vbOKOnly
          End If
       End If
    End If
End Sub

VBA Code - Apply the View of One Folder to Another

  1. Lastly, press “F5” to run this macro.
  2. After that, you will be demanded to select the source and target folder, such as “Inbox” and “Sent Items”.Select Source & Target Folder
  3. When macro completes, you’ll see that the views of “Inbox” and “Sent Items” have been the same, like the screenshot below:Same View

What if Encountering Outlook Corruption

In the event of Outlook damage, generally, what should you do then? More often than not, you can firstly take aid of the inbox repair tool to try repairing corrupt Outlook file. If the utility fails unfortunately, you have no choice but to resort to a potent external tool, such as DataNumen Outlook Repair.

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