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Sorting Items in a Folder

Items.Sort , Results.Sort, and Table.Sort allow you to sort Outlook items. This following table compares the few methods.

Items.Sort

Results.Sort

Table.Sort

Object of Sorting

Items in an Items collection based on a folder

Items in a Results collection based on a search

Items in a Table object based on a folder or search folder

Applicable Properties as Sort Fields

Explicit built-in properties with the exceptions listed in the Items.Sort topic

Explicit built-in properties with the exceptions listed in the Results.Sort topic

Explicit built-in properties and custom properties with the exception of binary and multi-valued properties

Referencing of Properties

  • By their explicit string names in the Outlook object model

  • Explicit built-in properties can only be referenced by their names in English and not any other localized language

  • By their explicit string names in the Outlook object model

  • Explicit built-in properties can only be referenced by their names in English and not any other localized language

  • By their explicit string names only; cannot reference properties by their namespaces

  • Explicit built-in properties can only be referenced by their names in English and not any other localized language

  • Custom properties can be referenced in English or a localized language

Format of Sort Fields

  • Enclosing square brackets ('['']') around explicit string names is optional

  • Property names are not case-sensitive

  • Enclosing square brackets ('['']') around explicit string names is optional

  • Property names are not case-sensitive

  • Enclosing square brackets ('['']') around explicit string names is optional

  • Property names are not case-sensitive

Error Conditions

  • Returns an error if property does not exist or property is not eligible for sorting.

  • If sort field is an empty string, no error is returned and the collection is not sorted.

  • Returns an error if property does not exist or property is not eligible for sorting.

  • If sort field is an empty string, no error is returned and the collection is not sorted.

  • Returns an error if property does not exist or property is not eligible for sorting.

  • Returns an error if sort field is an empty string

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