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How to run an Outlook rule against the Junk E-Mail folder.

rberke asked
Last Modified: 2013-11-05
Outlook 2003 junk-mail is pretty good at sending most of my spam to the Junk E-Mail folder for review.  

But, there is some spam that I want to automatically delete so I dont waste time reviewing them.

This includes the dozens of messages I get every day that are sent to rbalony@provider.com or randomname@provider.com, but NOT to rberke@provider.com. (Yeah, provider.com has lousy filters.)

To do this, I tried the following rule.

  Apply this rule after the message arrives
  with  'provider.com' in the recipient's address
     and on this machine only
   delete it
   except if sent to rberke

When I run the rule directly on the Junk E-Mail folder, it works fine and deletes the message.

But, otherwise, the rule seems to be ignored, and the messages continue to appear in Junk E-Mail. (my other rules seem to work fine.)

I am pretty sure this occurs because outlook's proprietary junk mail rules have a higher priority than mine, so the message is sent to Junk E-Mail before my rule can see it.

Ideally, there would be a way to tell Outlook to only run this rule on messages being delivered to the Junk E-Mail folder, but I don't think that is possible, so I will take just about any alternative solution.

One workaround is for me to manually run my rule once a day, but I don't know the vba for doing that
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Clearly, it is possible to manually run a rule against the Junk E-Mail folder.  I have done it and it works fine.

So I agree with your statement if it is slightly rephrased  "Rules are designed so that they do not AUTOMATICALLY act on messages that are moved to the Junk E-mail folder".  

But, your solution of using the black list does not work.  Black lists work fine to block a stalker or marketing from Dell. But well over half of all spam has a unique sender whose address will never appear again.

I hope there are other suggestions
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