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I'd like to create a Search Folder in Outlook that only contains mails from people outside of my company. It's a Mailbox on an Exchange server, and my naive approach was "'From' 'doesn't contain' '@mycompany.com'", but that doesn't work, it looks like it's only matching the Display Name.

Is there a way to filter this to only have external mail shown in a Search Folder?

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Take a look at Scott Hanselman's post, specifically the section on "Processing External Mail with an Outlook Rule". While he's using rules to filter to a folder, you can do something similar. Either translate it directly to a search filter, or use the rule to apply a category to the email and then search off the category.

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I don't know if you ever found an answer for this issue but I did.

Here's the direct link to the blog article I found. It has to do with exposing an e-mail property and sorting/filtering by that. I hope this helps you or someone else.


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the problem with processing external mail with an outlook rule is that RULES get processed before the junk mail filter. I used to have a Rule that would move all mail from outside my domain to a sub-folder. I started getting junk mail and added several senders to my "blocked sender list" but their mail would still end up in my "external" folder because the rule gets processed before the blocked sender list (which is totally f-ing stupid). For this reason, I'd like to create a search folder that shows mail from people outside my domain, but there doesn't seem to be a way to do this either (which is totally f-ing stupid).

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Interesting but, as I understand it, not an answer to the question so I'm afraid -1 from me, though the downvote may disappear if this is removed as 'not an answer'. –  pnuts Dec 1 '12 at 8:49

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