Use VBA / macro to modify a rule in Outlook ?

Hi.  I am a developer, but not familiar with the Outlook 2013 Object Model.
I have a client that has a small task -- In Outlook, he would like to be able to select an email message in his Inbox, and then click a button to append the sender's address to an existing "move to" rule.

He has a "customers.pst" file;  In that PST file, there is a "New Mail" folder.

In Outlook, he already has a rule defined that moves new emails from a list of senders (by email address)  from his default Inbox to the "Customers\New Mail" folder  (when new email is received.)   It takes many steps to manually add a new customer address to that rule.

I assume this would be a simple VBA macro, wherein I would get the "sender" from a selected message, then add it to the existing rule using a call to "Outlook.Rule.Conditions.From.Recipients.Add" or something like that.

I did find this article:  Create a Rule to Move Specific E-mails to a Folder  but have not been successful in modifying the sample code to meet my needs -- I've made a few attempts, but have not been able to point to the proper PST\Folder or successfully modify the "conditions".  

It seems like it would not take much code, so does anyone have any examples?

-- Thanks
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Rgonzo1971Commented:
Hi,

you could modify this example to change your rule

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/office/ff867254.aspx

Regards
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Boyd (HiTechCoach) Trimmell, Microsoft Access MVPDesigner and DeveloperCommented:
It seems like it would not take much code, so does anyone have any examples?
What about no code?

It I were setting this up I would keep it simple. I would create a rule that uses "Sender in specified address book"

Create a separate "customer" address book for all customers that need to be moved to the "Customers\New Mail" folder.

To update the rule all you have to do is add someone to the "customer" address book.

Ouitlook Rule
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Rob RudloffIT Development SpecialistAuthor Commented:
rgonzo1971 --
Yes, that is a good example, and similar to the one in my link.  My problem is that they "create" a new rule:
'Create the rule by adding a Receive Rule to Rules collection
 Set oRule = colRules.Create("Dan's rule", olRuleReceive)
I need to figure out how to iterate through existing rules to find the existing rule "Move To Customers"

-- thanks
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Rgonzo1971Commented:
Hi

in ColRules you have all the existent rules

you can then access all the items in the locals window so you can choose yours like this not sure of the syntax not at home
    Set colRules = Application.Session.DefaultStore.GetRules() 
     
    'Create the rule by adding a Receive Rule to Rules collection 
    Set oRule = colRules.Item("Your Rule", olRuleReceive) 
'   or  Set oRule = colRules.Item(2)

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Regards

EDIT

or if not working

you could try

bFound = False
Set colRules = Application.Session.DefaultStore.GetRules() 

For Each RuleItem In colRules
    If RuleItem.Name = "your Rule" Then
        Set oRule = RuleItem
        bFound = True
        Exit For
   Endif
Next
If bFound = False Then
    Msgbox " Rule not found"
    Exit Sub
End If

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