We use outlook 2010 and there is a distribution list in the global address book and I am part of it. Whenever I send something to it I always get a copy of this e-mail into my inbox. Is there a way to stop this? I have a copy of the message I sent in the 'sent' folder, I don't need to be getting the messages I've sent to this DL. Is this doable?

  • You could set up a rule that automatically discards all arriving emails with you as the Sender. (Unless you typically send yourself emails for other purposes).
    – kmote
    Jul 11, 2013 at 22:13

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As indicated by other comments, the solution is to create a rule that will delete the messages for you. Below are the steps to do this using Outlook 2010, 2013, or 2016. Note: this applies to people using Outlook to connect to an Exchange server account. Other types of distribution lists may behave differently.

Using Outlook 2010/2013/2016:

  1. Click the File tab.
  2. Click Manage Rules & Alerts.
  3. In the Rules and Alerts dialog, select the E-mail Rules tab and click the New Rule... button.
  4. In the Rules Wizard dialog, select Apply rule on messages I receive and then click Next.
  5. Check the from people or public group condition. In the lower box, click the people or public group link and then select your own name in the Rule Address dialog. Click OK to close the Rule Address dialog, and then click Next.
  6. Check the following actions:
    • delete it
    • stop processing more rules
  7. Click Next.
  8. (Optional) If you routinely send yourself mail for other reasons, you may want to check the except if my name is in the To or Cc box exception.
  9. Click Next.
  10. In the last step, specify the name for your rule.
  11. (Optional) If you want to delete existing emails already in your inbox, check Run this rule now on messages already in "Inbox".
  12. Click Finish to close the Rules Wizard.
  13. Click OK to close the Rules and Alerts dialog.

I was looking up the same question and the only solution I could think of at the end is setting up Outlook rule to delete email messages immediately that are sent from the same account. So far the only option to keep inbox clean.

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