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I've never seen an email client that I could easily create a rule to do something like "Move messages from yesterday to a folder?" Is there some esoteric reason why this would be difficult? I know I can easily create rules around specific dates, but that isn't the same thing by a long shot; am I missing something? In Outlook 2010 I can create search folders that do sort of this type of thing, but you can't create rules around a search folder... seems like either I am missing something major, or this is terribly short-sided.

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I don't think there is a real answer for this. Anything is possible in code. Why developers havent – uSlackr Mar 29 '12 at 22:02
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Pretty sure you can do this with Outlook + VBA script. In Thunderbird, there is a filter that selects emails by their age (in days) and also a filter action that lets you move filtered messages to a specified folder.

These are just the 2 most popular email clients, but this is definitely possible with other clients as well.

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Ah my mistake on Thunderbird... I rarely use it, but I thought I remembered it not having the ability. Doesn't it seem odd thought that you would have to go through the trouble of scripting for this functionality in Outlook? – Morgan Mar 30 '12 at 12:55
@Morgan: Sorta. It's not a super common functionality (you can't do it with Gmail; not sure about Live or Yahoo! mail), but it's definitely a useful filter to have. If I had it my way, it'd be on all clients. But then if I had it my way, all clients would probably get pretty bloated. =P – Lèse majesté Mar 30 '12 at 13:16

Standard rule for The Bat! For any exact or approximate age ("Yesterday" here is "from 2 to 1 days old")

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