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Outlook rule that filters messages containing words in the subject line

Posted on 2007-10-17
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Last Modified: 2009-06-05
I have created a rule in Outlook called "unwanted words".

Apply this rule after the message arrives with "Hi", "Hello", "Viagra" in the subject line
move it to the Junk E-mail folder.

The problem I discovered this morning is:
When the subject line is "Highest Honor", the message is moved to the Junk E-mail folder
When the subject line is "My High School", the message is moved to the Junk E-mail folder.

I only want the word "Hi" to trigger the rule to move the message.
Can the Outlook rule search for whole words instead of portions of words?
Question by:jimdorman
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2PiFL earned 1000 total points
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Try adding a space after the word "hi " in your specific word list.
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war1 earned 1000 total points
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Hello jimdorman,

Put quotes around the word and a space before and after the word " Hi ".  Then Outlook will search for the word, and not parts of it.


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If you increase the security this also helps as most spammers constantly change their wording but the subject line and body stay the same.
You coudl also install a spam filter to simply block the emails
Spam fighter
Setting up a Mail Filters in Outlook 2003

Author Comment

ID: 20102471
The Outlook rule works perfectly after I removed Hi and added "Hi".
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jimdorman, glad the quotes worked for you.  You did not have to place a space after Hi ?

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