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Create Rules in Outlook to help organize your inbox.

Creating a New Folder

In the case that you are moving emails to a specific folder, you will need to create a new folder first. This new folder will be the designated spot for all the emails that follow your new rule. To create a new folder:

  1. Find the Organize tab at the top of the screen.
  2. Click New Folder in the top left.
  3. Name this new folder.


Creating a New Rule

1. To create a new rule, right click on any message

2. Go down to Rules

3. Click on "Create Rule..."


4. In the new dialogue box that pops up, there are a variety of settings you can change to fit to your preferences.

1. At the very top, you can customize your rule name


2. In the next box, there are three default settings that can be added or taken away. When you click the + sign, a new set of criteria will be added. When you click the - sign, the criteria will be taken away.


  • In the small box that says Is can also be changed to Contains
    By setting it to Is - all emails from that address will follow your rule
    By setting it to Contains - all emails that contain a specific email address will follow the rule.
3. If you wish to add criteria, by default the new criteria will say Body. If you click it, a new drop down menu will appear with all the other options. You can customize them to your liking.

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5. After all your criteria is set, the next box that says, "Do the following:" is what happens to the email. Repeat above steps.


  • If you would like certain emails from somebody to go into a specific folder instead of your inbox, you can add their email to the 'From line.

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