Move Mail or Create a Rule for the Future in Hotmail

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An overfull inbox before one's eyes and tired fingers, how satisfying is it to discover that half the unread messages, at least, must be from a handful of senders whose messages don't need to be read — now, or too soon?

How satisfying, then, would it be to discover Windows Live Hotmail offers a swift way to move all these emails (or delete them) — and set up a rule that acts on future emails automatically to boot?

You don't have to create the filter, of course, and just have Windows Live Hotmail sweep the current folder clean of those undesired messages.

Move Mail and Create a Rule for the Future in Windows Live Hotmail

To move all messages from certain senders (in the current folder) and set up a filter that will automatically file future messages from the same senders in Windows Live Hotmail:

  • Make sure at least one message from the desired senders is checked.
    • To move just one sender's messages, you can also open a single email or conversation.
  • Click Sweep in the Windows Live Hotmail toolbar.
  • Select Move all from… from the menu that comes up.
  • Pick the folder for filing the messages under Please select a folder to move them to:.
  • To set up a filter that moves future messages from the sender or senders:
    • Make sure Also move future messages is checked.
  • Click Move all.

If you went for turn the filing into a filter, you can edit or cancel the rule Windows Live Hotmail set up:

  • Click the gear that appears next to Folders when you move the mouse over it.
  • Select Manage rules from the menu.
  • Click Edit next to the desired rule to change it.
  • Check an unwanted rule and click Delete to remove it.

Delete All Mail from Certain Senders and Set Up a Rule for the Future

To trash all messages from a sender in the current folder and automate deletion for this sender's mail in the future in Windows Live Hotmail:

  • Make sure at least one message from each unwelcome sender is checked.
    • To delete just one sender's messages, you can also open an individual email or conversation, of course.
  • Click Sweep in the Windows Live Hotmail toolbar.
  • Select Delete all from… from the drop-down menu.
  • To automatically delete all future mail from the sender or senders:
    • Make sure Also block future messages is checked.
  • Click Delete all.

If you decided to block future messages, the sender is now on your Windows Live Hotmail blocked senders list. You can remove them from that list easily, of course.