Outlook 2002 and later has a feature whereby it will
remember the item you last had selected in a mail folder. So if you have item #5 of
10 in your Inbox selected, and you switch to the Sent Items folder and then go back
to the Inbox, item #5 will still be selected. Without this feature, Outlook will always
go to the top of the folder.
I find this to be a convenient way of keeping track
of what I was working on, but I’ve heard from others who find this feature annoying.
Fortunately for them, you can turn it off:
1. Run regedit
2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\10.0 or 11.0\Outlook\Options
3. Create a new DWORD valled PersistViewSelection
4. Set the value to 0 (do not persist)
5. Restart Outlook
And voila, no more remembering. The key can be deleted
or set to 1 if you want to enable row persistence.