Grouping items in a view

If Outlook's built-in arrangements don't provide the view you need, you can create your own grouping levels by customizing your view.

To group items in an existing view, use the following steps:

    1.    Select View -> Arrange By -> Custom... to display the Customize View dialog box:

Current view in Outlook 2007

    2.    Click the Group By... button:

Group By in Outlook 2007

    3.    Uncheck the Automatically Group According to Arrangement box. This is Outlook's default setting and assumes you don't need to group by any field other than one of the predefined arrangements.

    4.    Use the drop-down list under Group items by to select the first field to group your items under. You can select up to four different grouping levels.

The default field list is Frequently Used Fields. You can change this by using the drop-down list marked Select Available Fields From. Choose your field set and the fields in that set will become available:

Select Available Fields From in Outlook 2007

    5.    Choose whether to sort your group headings in ascending or descending order.

    6.    Choose whether you want your grouping field displayed in the view. Because the grouping field is displayed in the group header, you might want to save space and not show the field elsewhere in the view.

    7.    Under the Expand/Collapse Defaults drop-down list, choose how you want your groups to be displayed. You can choose from All expanded, All collapsed, or As last viewed:

Expand/Collapse Defaults in Outlook 2007

    8.    Specify any additional grouping levels in the Group Items By boxes and click OK twice to apply your changes.

You can modify grouping levels directly in the Group By Header. This header isn't shown by default; however, you can expose the Group By header by right-clicking on one of the column headers in the view and choosing Group By This Field:

grouping popup menu in Outlook 2007

To sort your grouping levels, click on the button for the field you are grouping by. Your group headers will sort in the opposite sort order. To stop grouping by a particular field, right-click the field in the Group By Header and select Don't Group By This Field. To group by an additional field, you can either open the Customize View dialog and select Group By..., or you can add additional grouping levels directly from the view itself:

Grouping in Outlook 2007

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