Filter Mail From a Specific Sender in Outlook Express

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