I have struggled for years to get Outlook to manage my mail. I have evaluated so many Outlook plugins and addons, and even wrote complicated VB code to try and get it to do what I want, and still don't have the right solution. I am hoping somone can advise on a solution (e.g. addon or combination ) which will allow me to do the following:
At the simplest level, I want to be able to define rules that say that emails to or from particular contacts get automatically filed in defined folders. To me this seems really basic and logical, however I can't find anything that does this, in a simple way.
e.g. The inbult Outlook rules system doesn't really allow you to define a rule for mail "to or from" a contact. So I would have to create 2 rules manually for every contact. Even if it was 1 rule, that is still ridiculous management.
I would like to be able to define the rules for a group of contacts. e.g. Friends. Then any emails involving (to/from) a friend, is moved to the "Friends" folder.
The "group of contacts" is a logical concept...I don't care whether this is done with Outlook Categories, Outlook 2010 Contact Groups, Contact folders, or some other kind of grouping or tagging structure.
Does anybody know of a system/addon/solution which will allow me to use Outlook in this way?