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I created a Search Folder in Outlook 2010 to show me everything in my mailbox that isn't in the Inbox or Archive folders. The rules are:

  • In Folder is not empty

  • In Folder doesn't contain Inbox

  • In Folder doesn't contain Archive

Screenshot: Search Folder Criteria

When I open the Search Folder, it shows me all of my e-mails, including those in the Inbox and Archive folders.

Screenshot: Search folder

Does anyone know what I did wrong?

Thanks!

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"In Folder" is not what you really want. What you really want is to create a new custom search folder and select all folders, excluding Inbox and Archive (in "Mail from these folders will be included in this Search Folder").

  • I was hoping for a future-proof rule that would explicitly exclude those two folders but include everything else. If I create a new search folder and select a specific set of folders, any new folders that I create will be excluded from the results. – Shane Lawrence Jan 13 '17 at 15:26
  • Yes. But this is the only way. – thims Jan 13 '17 at 15:59
  • Thanks for the help. What does "In Folder" mean then, if not the folder that it's in? – Shane Lawrence Jan 14 '17 at 17:43
  • This field is only populated when you're using it as a column for Search Folder's view. – thims Jan 15 '17 at 2:47
  • Ah, I never would have guessed that! Thanks! – Shane Lawrence Jan 16 '17 at 19:38

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