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Rules and Sigs in outlook; where are they?

I just created a new profile and now I don't have my Rules or my Signatures.  I read where Rules were rwz files and were in the roaming/Microsoft/outlook folder I also read that rwz files were discontinued and that the rules file was in My Documents.

I am using Outlook 2007 and Win7; 64bit, so I guess I shouldn't be looking for rwz files, but I couldn't file a rules file in my documents/outlook either.

I haven't even started the search for Signatures.

I know there out there, somewhere!  But where?  I know I can import Rules; if I could find them.
Can signatures be imported also? From where?
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ComsycoCommented:
Windows 7 location is C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Signatures

Rules if you can get into outlook you can export them but I don't know of any location where you can copy them manually ... (They are server based)
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ComsycoCommented:
To export rules go to rules and alerts ->Options -> Export Rules
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XereCommented:
You should be able to access them through these paths:
drive:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Outlook
drive:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Signatures

Don't forget to make hidden folders visible from folders options. Just open up explorer and press alt to make the toolbar visible, if it isn't allready.

Choose Tools then folder options from the opening menu. From there choose view and remove tick from "Hide extensions from known file types" and under "Hidden files and folders" place the option to "Show hidden files, folders and drives"

Now press apply and you should be able to navigate to the paths mentioned above.
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mikecox_Author Commented:
Comsyco; I am trying to Import them; which I can't do unless I can find them.
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mikecox_Author Commented:
Xere

I have view Hidden files set by default.

Here is what is in my roaming/microsoft/Outlook folder, which I'd already looked in; and forgot to mention.

I did find the signature folder, which contains all the signature information but what do I do with it? There is no import option for signatures.


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ComsycoCommented:
You have to export them first before you can import them.
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ComsycoCommented:
To export the signatures you just copy and paste them into the same location for the new user / new computer.
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ComsycoCommented:
For the rules you need to export from within outlook first then you can import via a new profile. But exchange SHOULD have service based rules so they should migrate to a new computer anyway. (You only need to export if you want to back them up or move them to another mailbox / user)
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mikecox_Author Commented:
I don't use an exchange server; not even sure what that is, though I have a general idea, I think. I get my email directly from my provider; sort of forwarded from Cox Webmail.

Rules used to be saved as a file that was saved in a folder on the HD, that no longer seems to be the case.  But they are not saved with Outlooks backup feature; that's also true of the signatures. So they both have to be recovered separately.

That is what AFB Outlook Backup is supposed to do; backup everything and Restore it.  Well, that hasn't work out as advertised.  My restore didn't include Rules or Signatures.  I've contacted them but I don't have much hope for a solution.

The good news is that I have found the signatures folder, and it's intake, so there is a chance that I will, eventually, get them back; when I figure out what to do with the folder.

I can always rebuild the Rules; though I would prefer not to have to do that.

I have never been told that it was necessary to export the rules in order to make them available in the even I needed to restore them. Like I said, they were always saved as a file on the HD, a fact that appears to have changed somewhere along the way.

But where do they get stored?  Have they been incorporated into the pst file? I doubt that, otherwise I could recover them from the Outlook backup.  So where are they, for those of us that don't use the exchanger server?
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ComsycoCommented:
Signatures are very easy to put back in place. To make life easier on yourself just create a blank signature then copy all your old ones over the top of the new one (make sure outlook is closed to be safe)

Try this for more detailed information on where things are stored.

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook-help/where-does-microsoft-office-outlook-2007-save-my-information-and-configurations-HP010066914.aspx

Looking at the information there is looks like the rules (when not on exchange) are stored in the PST so maybe try to create a new profile and import your PST there. you will then be able to export the rules and import them into the correct profile without overwriting any of the new configuration.
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mikecox_Author Commented:
We seem to be making progress (-:

I've seen that "Where..." site; it's the place I went when I couldn't remember the file type for Rules or where it was stored

I will try your suggestion re signatures.  

How do I export and import files?  I've never understood how to get data out of a backed-up pst file to put into a new profile; like into the one I just created.
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ComsycoCommented:
Make sure you create a new profile (Control Panel -> Mail. and select the new profile to be the default.. you can change it back later.)

Then follow this video which shows you how to export (don't need) and import the PST. Hopefully this will import your rules. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Scr616zS5Ig&noredirect=1
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mikecox_Author Commented:
Ok, here's the take on Signatures.  

I went to option/signatures and discovered they were all there!  The only thing was that none had be selected.  So I selected two; one for new and one for reply and, bingo, they showed up when I clicked "New".
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ComsycoCommented:
Fantastic one down :)
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mikecox_Author Commented:
I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

No answer to the question re Rules
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ComsycoCommented:
DId restoring teh PST to a new profile not recover the rules so you could export them and move them across?
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mikecox_Author Commented:
Sorry, I missed the link; but it took me to a U-tube video with no audio and text that was nearly impossible to read but what I was able to decipher appeared to be German.  Not very helpful.  However, I did find a lot of videos to search through and will probably find the answer among them.  

But I come here, to get answers, and always award 500 point, no matter the question, for them.  

I try to always stay on top of active questions and to follow up on all the answers in a responsible way, but I don't want to spend my time chasing down leads.  I don't have the time for that; that's why I pay for this service.

I want to find my Rules, which, apparently are no longer in a file of their own; but in the pst data file.  That means I need to, quickly, figure out how to get them from my backup pst file into my current profile.

Do the research and find the answer that I can apply to resolve this question and I'll gladly award the points. It isn't about the points, I have an unlimited supply, it just seems to me that I should not be expected to award them when I'm simply proved with search criteria.
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ComsycoCommented:
You can just import into your current profile making sure to overwrite or ignore duplicates or you could end up doubling up on your emails. From here your rules should get restored.

The links provided have been to give you additional information on how to follow through with information and suggestions I have provided (for example the youtube video was a link to assist you with importing PST files if you didn't know how to do this) My apologies for not watching the video first before sending it from the first frame it looked like the information you needed.

I would like to make a point, although you pay for the experts exchange service you are helped by a community of "volunteers" who are not paid anything for the help and advice they provide. I am happy to help and point you in the right direction and I do understand that everyone is busy but in order to protect data (in this case emails) I will always recommend solutions that I believe to be the safest.

Once you have either restored the PST into a new profile (recommened) or into your current profile you should be able to see your rules and from there you can do what you wish with them.
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mikecox_Author Commented:
On your point, I understood that "volunteers" earn points for answering questions; which seems to represents payment of a kind.  I don't understand exactly how that works but earning points seems to have it's rewards and, I assumed, was one of the reasons people were motivated to answer questions.  With that understanding I posted my complaint.  If I am wrong I apologize.

As for import profiles, I have checked out many of the U-tube contributions but haven't found one that explains now to extract specific information from pst files; like contacts.  

Today I purchased a rather expensive program designed to "fix" pst files and have run it on all my pst files.  I am considering the possibility of combining them all; using a program designed for that purpose.

I am hoping that my pst files, if corrupted, will work after they have been "fixed" and I will be able to use them individually or combined file.

As for what to do, at this point, I will simply accept you last solution and grade it down, as it did not resolve the problem or bring me any closer to understanding the pst database.  I just don't want to haggle or create an issue, or continue with this thread.

I thank you for our effort; I do appreciate it.
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mikecox_Author Commented:
I wish to move on.  But accepting only created an exception.  I'll post this as an "Object"; please disengage me.
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mikecox_Author Commented:
This didn't resolve the issue. The new profile allowed me to post my outbox messages, and import got my contacts back in place, but I had to reconfigure Outlook junk mail and rules settings, etc.  So it was more a work around than a solution.
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