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How can I create an rule in Outlook which does the following when an email arrives:

  1. Check if the sender is in my contacts
  2. Check if the contact has a specific category (e.g. Work) assigned
  3. Assign that (Work) or maybe some other category (e.g. Important) to the email

I've already accomplished 1 and 3 but I have no idea how to make 2 happen. Is it even possible?

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Tried too but I could not find a way to do this. Check for a specific category of the mail, easy. Check for a specific category of the sended, no way, I'm afraid. – Snark Nov 26 '09 at 22:52
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As I'm afraid there is no way to do this, the easier would be to create several Contacts folders, one per category.

Create a new folder (CTRL+SHIFT+E), indicating it will contain "Contact Items". Name it with the name of the category, "Contacts - Work" for instance. Create as many as needed.

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Create as many rules as you have contacts folders, to assign the correct category to contacts for the specific contact folder.

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At least a good workaround. Thank you. – Albic Nov 27 '09 at 16:15

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