Outlook Express, like almost every other email program, allows its users to create email "message rules" (some other programs like Eudora, which I use, call them "filters") to automatically handle incoming emails in certain ways.
Let’s continue with the example of the earlier article Creating an Email Folder in Outlook Express.
Our first step is to select Tools, Message Rules, Mail from the main Outlook Express window.
Make sure you’re on the “Mail Rules” tab. Then, click on the New button to start the process of creating a new message rule
All Terry’s Computer Tips email newsletters Subject headers start with the characters [TCT]. So, in the “Select the Conditions for your rule” box, we’re going to pick “When the subject line contains specific words” as our condition for the rule.
Then, in the “Select the Action for your rule” box, we pick “Move it to the specified folder”
Notice that, in the previous image, we still haven’t set the conditions. We need to click on two links in the Rule Description box to do that.
First, we click on the “contains specific words” link…
In the Type Specific Words dialog box, we’ll enter [TCT] in the entry field. But, we’re ot finished — we have to click the Add button to actually add the word to the rule.
We can add another word (either as an “and” or as an “or”), or we can click OK to continue back to the New Mail Rule box. We’ll click OK.
Now, we have to click on the “specified folder” link (shown in the third image in this article) so we can select the destination folder. We’ll pick the destination folder Terry’s Computer Tips that we created in the earlier article.
Now that we have set all our conditions and actions for the Message Rule, we click OK to create it in Outlook Express.