Does Outlook Express support wildcards in its email filters (email rules)? That became the important question…
In a recent newsletter, I wrote about subscriber Pat Thomas’ questions where her boss had emails going directly into his Deleted Items folder.
After I answered the first question, Pat wrote back to ask:
The other part of the problem is that there are multiple user names at this same very important domain.
Do you remember how DOS would let you do ?????? and * for unknown entities?
Is there any way to describe the "From" to include all the different users that might send email from this domain?
I responded to Pat to say that I don’t know if OE will let you use wildcards or not, since I don’t use Outlook Express — and Outlook Express doesn’t work on Windows 7, which I use now on most of my computers.
I suggested that Pat try creating a filter for @example.com (substituting whatever domain was appropriate) to see if it would handle all the emails from example.com.
This week, Pat wrote back to say:
This worked! Thanks!
That’s great — we’ve learned another new trick about using Outlook Express!
Email filters are a great function in Outlook Express, Outlook, Eudora, Thunderbird and every other email program that supports them.
You can use email filters to make your email program delete an email based on the sender or subject containing certain words.
The filter can make the email program file the new email in a specific folder if it matches the filter’s rule.
You can even have the email program delete an email automatically, if it matches one of the rules / filters that you have set up.