Creating a ‘simple’ custom view in Lotus Notes R5

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My work uses lotus notes for its back office system but unfortunately, they have a rather primitive design for the email inbox. I would like to create a new 'inbox' view that only shows 'parent' mail from the last 7 days and that has the following columns: Sender|Date|Time|Size|Attachments(icon)|Subject I would also like to be able to see the subjects 'threaded', so that responses or child documents show up underneath the original email. I 'nearly' managed to get this to work by (luck and guesswork) but it also showed my sent mail as well which made things rather cluttered. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Being limited to an inbox that doesn't even show what time the mail was received is quite frustrating! :)

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Modifying the mail design, and the Inbox in particular in Notes is fraught with peril, even for the experts. The Inbox is a special folder (not a view), and you would have to go to fairly extraordinary lengths to accomplish what you want and not have it either fail to receive mail or revert back to the Notes design when the design process runs.

You would be so much better off, and your users would be worlds happier if you upgraded to version 7 or 8 (if your licensing situation permits it).

Mail is such a fundamental application in the infrastructure, and it’s the users’ main interface with the world. If they are seeing a version of mail that’s ten years old (R5 came out in 1999), then it will just be the object of ridicule, in spite of any tweaking you might do.

If your situation doesn’t permit upgrading, then you can search the Web for tips, and be prepared for a lot of study. The Lotus developer forums that can be found at notes.net are an excellent resource.

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