Filter Mail From a Specific Sender in Outlook Express

Here's How to Filter Mail From a Specific Sender in Outlook Express

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With so much mail arriving in your Windows Mail Inbox every day, it's not easy to get it all under control. You have set up a number of folders to organize the incoming messages, but they still arrive in a chaotic manner. Do you have to file them manually?

Fortunately not. Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail and Outlook Express let you set up rules that filter certain messages to certain folders automatically. There's even a way to use an existing message as an example.

While not particularly smart, you can still use this wizard to set up filters that move all mail from a particular contact or mailing list to a specific folder easily.

Filter Mail from a Certain Sender Easily in Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express

To create a new rule from an existing message in Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express:

  • Highlight a message from the sender whose emails you want to filter.
  • Select Actions | Create rule from message… or Message | Create Rule From Message… from the menu.
    • In Windows Live Mail, you may have to hold down the Alt key to see the menu.
  • Verify that Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express extracted the right email address to filter on.
    • It should show up as Where the From line contains __ under Rule Description.
    • To change the email address, click on it.
  • Select Move it to the specified folder under Select the Actions for your rule.
  • Click on specified in the rule description.
  • Select the folder you want messages from the specified sender to be filtered to.
  • Click OK.
  • Give your rule a name under Name of the rule.
  • Click OK.
  • Click OK again.

Note that creating a filter in this manner does not work in Windows Live Mail 2011.