I have set up a variety of rules for my Exchange account in Outlook. One of these being that all emails sent directly to me in the To field are added to a specific folder. However I also have a folder where auto generated emails for a discussion thread I'm a member of go, the rule for this folder is specified to gather all emails sent from a specific noreply address. Problem is though that these emails are also addressed directly to me, what happens is that the email becomes duplicated and one instance goes to the desired folder and another one ends up in my To me folder.

I want to set up a rule that tells my To me folder to only accept emails that are addressed to me but NOT emails sent from this noreply address. But I don't seem to find any NOT statement in the rule editor.

Does anyone know how to solve my problem?

  • There is an exceptions option within the rules but, generally, this feature is lacking. It is possible to write your own VBa to do this though.
    – Dave
    Nov 25, 2013 at 13:30
  • @DaveRook Thanks, I don't seem to find the exception option you were talking about. Is it in the same list as the "fulfil statements"? Nov 25, 2013 at 13:49

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Create a new rule:

  1. Select Start from a blank rule, Check messages when they arrive. Select Next >.
  2. Select the sent only to me or the where my name is int the To box depending on what you are looking for the rule to do. Select Next >.
  3. Select the move it to the specified folder action. Pick the folder you want to file these messages in. Select Next >.
  4. Select the except if from people or distribution list exception. Specify the noreply address. Select Finish.

Alternatively, place your existing rule for the noreply address ahead of the other in the rules list, and add the stop processing more rules action.

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