You could assign a category using a rule to all incoming messages to color unread messages, but you would have to manually remove the category. Not a good option for busy users. I suggest using 1) a Smart Folder for Unread only (Entourage called these custom views) or 2) use the Filter in the Ribbon to show Unread.
How to create a Smart Folder for Unread only.
- In the upper-right corner of the Outlook window, click in the search box
The Search tab appears.
- Define the scope of the search by clicking on Folder on the Search tab.
- On the Search tab, click Advanced, then select Read Status – Is – Unread. On the Search tab. click Save. Name the folder Unread only.
- The Smart Folder appears in the navigation pane.
Are you missing the Favorites Bar from Entourage about now so you can have easy access to this folder? I am too!
Another option if you are using Reading Pane on Right is to select Arrange by Status. The drawback to this option is if you try to customize the view, unread only is not an option in the Sort tabs. You can set to show Collapsed or Expanded.
If you use Reading Pane Below, you can select the status icon to sort.
If this is a feature that you would like to see improved, be sure to let Microsoft know by sending them feedback in Outlook’s Help menu. Be sure to add you would like to see the Favorites bar back too!