By Moira Dunne
Automatic Email Rules help you reduce manual filing and decision-making about what to do with your regular emails. Rules can be used to automatically File, Respond, Delete or Forward messages.
The rules are always turned on and run automatically. So it is important to set the rule up, test it out and then trust it to work.
Also it is important to proactively check up on the automated action – i.e. if you auto file lower priority emails into a sub folder in your Inbox, make sure you check this folder occasionally.
SET UP A NEW RULE IN MS OUTLOOK
You can either setup a Rule from scratch or use a pre-existing Rule Template.
- Setup a Rule from Scratch
- Choose Rules> Manage Rules & Alerts from the ribbon or choose the File tab and then choose Manage Rules & Alerts.
- In the Rules and Alertsdialog box, on the E-mail Rules tab, choose New Rule.
- Under Start from a blank rule chose either: a) Apply rule on messages I receive or b) Apply rule on messages I send
- Choose Next, and then go to Set conditions for a rule.
SET CONDITIONS FOR A RULE
You can now add conditions to the rule. Based on the conditions you select, the options available to edit the rule description will vary.
- Under Step 1: Select condition(s), select the check box for the condition you want to add. Note:You can select multiple check boxes.
- Under Step 2: Edit the rule description (click an underlined value), choose a link, complete the required actions, and when done, choose OK.
- Choose the next link, complete the required actions, and when done, choose OK.
- If another link is available, choose it, complete the required actions, and when done, choose OK.
- Choose Finish when done.
SET UP RULES USING AN OUTLOOK RULES TEMPLATE
- Choose Rules, Manage Rules & Alerts from the ribbon or choose the File tab and then choose Manage Rules & Alerts.
- In the Rules and Alerts dialog box, on the E-mail Rules tab, choose New Rule.
- In the Rules Wizard, under Step 1: Select a template, pick one of the default templates under Stay Organized or Stay Up to Date.
Continue to create the rule as described above for a blank rule.
So be productive – make some changes so you can take control of your Email. Check out our other articles on Email management Be Productive – Use Smart Email Tools
When you make changes it can be hard to maintain them. If you find it hard, stop and ask yourself why you can’t maintain the change. Then tweak things to suit your work environment better. Best of luck! Let us know below how you get on.