How to Highlight One Sender's Mail Automatically

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Not all emails are equally important for me. Messages from my friends rank higher than some newsletters, for example.

I like to have Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail and Outlook Express highlight them automatically with a color so I can quickly and easily concentrate on these important emails.

Highlight One Sender's Mail Automatically in Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express

To highlight all messages from a particular sender automatically with a color in Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express:

  • Select Tools | Message Rules | Mail... (or Tools | Message rules | Mail…) from the menu.
  • Click the New... button.
  • Make sure Where the From line contains people is selected under conditions.
  • Select Highlight it with color under Actions.
  • Click on contains people in the Rule Description.
  • Enter the sender's email address or select it from the address book using the Address Book... button.
  • Click OK.
  • Click on color in the Rule Description.
  • Use the Color: drop-down menu to select the color Outlook Express should use to highlight matching emails.
  • Give the new filter a descriptive name under Name of the rule:.
    • (Something like "email.guide -> navy" maybe).
  • Click OK.
  • Click OK again.
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