setting up mail rules in outlook

Posted on 2007-10-11
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
My objective is that in Outlook whenever I get an email from someone I want to place a copy of that email into a folder named with that persons email address.  Is this possible to do automatically or would it be too difficult?

I get and email from
place that email in a folder named
Smith_John or Smith_John@foo or whichever is easiest.
Question by:ICPooreman
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    What version of outlook are you using?  If you're in 2003/2007, you could use a Search Folder to achieve this, without changing the location of the email.

    Simply create a custom search folder, including all email.  Then sort by Sender and "Show in Groups"

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    I'm using outlook 2003...  Just one question though will this hold all my mail forever because this is really what I'm trying to do.  My email gets deleted on my companies end automatically every 3 weeks or so and I want to keep it locally forever.
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    Click File/New/Outlook Data File and create a .pst file for yourself.  This allows for a permanent local storage area for your email.

    Go into the .pst file (it will be listed as Personal Folders unless you change the name when creating it) and create a folder called John Smith.

    Now go into Tools/Rules and Alerts and create a rule to move email received from to the specified folder that you created in the previous step (John Smith).

    Now when you received email from this person it will automatically go into the folder for you, and be permanently saved (barring hard drive failure).

    Unfortunately, I don't know of a way to automatically create the folder for you, but maybe one of the Experts more versed in VBScript can lend a hand on that step.
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    Expert Comment

    I would add to CBanman's comments that you don't have to create folders for each sender.  Simply keep all the emails in one folder, sort by sender, and show in groups.  This will keep you from having thousands of folders/rules for a simple email archive.

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