I have a particular need for a rule in Outlook, and I don't know if it's possible to achieve.

I belong to 3 different mailing lists, and messages sent to them are moved to 3 different folders. But when one single mail is sent to all 3 of them, it gets replicated to all folders.

That is the correct behaviour, but I'd like to create a rule so that if that happens, only one copy of the mail remains, for example:

  • if it contains mailing A, B, C; it's moved to folder A only.
  • if it contains mailing B, C; it's moved to folder B only.
  • if it contains mailing C; it's moved to folder C.

I tried "stop processing more rules", and it didn't work.

Any ideas?

  • The problem is that the mail arrives 3 different times actually – juan Dec 17 '09 at 13:26

I think this is what you want to do. You need three rules in this order.

from C
move it to the C folder
except if from A or B
stop processing

from B
move it to the B folder
except if from A
stop processing

from A
move it to the A folder
stop processing

This assumes, of course, that all the addresses are on the message.

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