How to Set Up an Incoming Mail Filter in Windows Live Hotmail

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What to Know

  • In, select the Settings gear and choose View All Outlook Settings.
  • Select Mail > Rules > Add New Rule. Enter a name and the conditions for the rule.
  • In the Add an action list, choose Move to and select a folder. Choose Stop processing more rules > Save.

This article explains how to set up an incoming filter in, and how to create a rule that moves all emails from a specific sender to a folder.

Set Up an Incoming Mail Filter in for Windows Live Hotmail

Microsoft transitioned Hotmail to in 2013. People with Hotmail email addresses can still access their email at

Have Outlook organize your incoming Windows Live Hotmail mail by moving it to a designated folder automatically. Set up a rule to file the incoming mail automatically.

  1. Go to and log in to your Live or Hotmail email account.

  2. Select the Settings gear icon in the upper-right corner of the window and choose View All Outlook Settings at the bottom of the Settings pane. Settings
  3. Select Mail in the left pane and then choose Rules.

  4. Select Add New Rule. Rules path
  5. Enter a name for the new rule, such as the name of the folder where you want to file messages that meet the conditions.

    Enter a Name field on the Rules screen
  6. In the Add a Condition section, select a condition, such as Recipient address includes. Enter the details of the condition, including the part of the address by which you want to filter messages, such as

    Adding a condition to an rule
  7. In the Add an action list, choose Move to and select the folder where you want to store filtered messages.

    Move to selection in the Rules screen
  8. Select the Stop processing more rules check box. Choose Save to create the rule and start filtering email messages.

Filter Email Automatically from the Inbox

Alternatively, create a new rule directly from the inbox that moves all email messages from a specific sender to a folder.

  1. Right-click a relevant email in your message list and select Create rule.

    Screenshot of Create Rule in right-click menu in
  2. Choose the folder or create a new one to store all messages from that sender.

    Screenshot of Create a Rule window
  3. Select OK and then choose OK again.

Go to Settings > View all Outlook Settings > Mail > Rules to view, edit, or delete rules in your account

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