Where are client-side Outlook Rules stored?

Posted on 2009-04-23
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Hello Experts,

I need to deploy a client-side Outlook Rule to multiple profiles.  I am hoping to do this from the backend, maybe by inserting it into the "application data" folder, or something along those lines.

Any ideas?

NWCenter IT
Question by:stu29
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    Expert Comment

    Hello stu29,

    Outlook stores rules and alerts in a file, Username.rwz, where Username is the name of your user profile. It?s not safe to archive this file directly, so Outlook provides an export feature.

    Hope this helps!
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    Author Comment

    Thanks for the reply, war1.

    I know how to export and import rules.  I need to do this for about 30 users, and don't really want to do it manually for each one.  I'd really like to be able to copy and paste the *.rwz file into each user's profile folder.  Is this possible?  And where does the Username.rwz file live?

    NWCenter IT
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    Accepted Solution

    Hi, NWCenter IT.

    war1 is correct that Outlook 2003 and earlier stores rules in the .rwz file.  Outlook 2007 stores the rules in a hidden folder in the mailbox (if using Exchange) or the PST file (if using POP/SMTP).  

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