outlook "to" and "from" fields change by themselves

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AllenI

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I'm running Microsoft Outlook 2003 SP3, Part of Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003. I have a problem, which many others seem to have had, in that I'll open my Sent folder, and instead of the "to" field being present, I find that it has (uncommanded by me) changed to the "from" field ... and similarly sometimes the inbox folder will display the "to" field instead of the "from" field that was there the last time I looked at it. There are at least two other threads in these forums ( techguy.org/557884 and techguy.org/714272) that are about the identical issue. These were written years ago, but I can't see that anyone has had a solution for preventing this from happening. Post numbers 11 and 17 in the thread techguy.org/557884 seem to indicate that the CAUSE is related to searching mail folders - this seems to correlate to my own experience - perhaps even that it occurs only when I search across multiple mail folders for an item (setting the "search in" field of the "look for" function to "All Mail Folders". Now I know the joke about the guy who went to the doctor and said, "Doc, my arm hurts when I hold my hand over my head like this. What advice do you have?", to which the Doctor said, "My advice? Don't do that." But that is NOT the answer I want in this case. I need to be able to search multiple folders for correspondence. I'm just hoping that someone knows a way to "Do That" without getting hurt - i.e., to prevent the "to" field in the "inbox" mail folder from changing to "from" (I like my name, but don't need to see it there), and changing the "from" filed in the "sent" mail folder from changing to "to" from "from" (again, I like my name, but know that mail in my inbox is to me) So the question is, "Is there any way to PREVENT Outlook from performing an uncommanded change to the folder fields/columns as described?
 
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