Clever Clogs tip # 673
23 September 2021

Automatically move email messages from a particular company in a specific folder (Microsoft Outlook) *

Is your Outlook inbox an overstuffed, out-of-control beast or are you a neat and tidy person and store your email messages in separate mail folders?

Well, you may remember that you can change the setting that when you reply to a message that is not in the Inbox, you can automatically save the reply in the same folder. (See tip 459 if you missed it.) But if you have folders for specific companies, you might like to set up a rule to move new email messages from everyone in that particular firm in that specific folder. (With thanks to Emma for this week's tip inspiration.)

Here's how:

  1. On the Home tab in the Move group, click on Rules, followed by Create Rule.
  2. Click on Advanced Options.
  3. Select with specific words in the sender's address.
  4. Underneath, in the Step 2 box, click on the specific words hyperlink.
  5. Type part of the company's address and press ENTER twice (or click on Add followed by OK).
  6. Click Next.
  7. Select move it to the specified folder.
  8. Underneath, in the Step 2 box, click on the specified hyperlink.
  9. Click on the folder you created earlier or click on New to create a folder "on the fly".
  10. Click OK.
  11. If you want to apply this rule on messages in your inbox, click Next twice and tick the relevant check box.
  12. Click Finish.
  13. Click OK.

Next time I get a message from anyone in Microsoft (as if ;) it automatically goes into my Microsoft folder.

If you manage multiple mailboxes, go to Manage Rules & Alerts to apply the rule to other folders. (Perhaps I'll write a separate tip about that at some point.)

Related tips

  1. When replying to a message that is not in the Inbox, save the reply in the same folder - tip_459.php
  2. Manage interruptions by setting up specific notifications only - tip_551.php
  3. Automatically move low-priority emails from your inbox - tip_496.php
  4. Set up a rule to delay delivery of all your emails - tip_639.php

* Unless stated otherwise this tip is written for Microsoft 365 desktop apps and Windows 10 users, but might also be useful in Office 2010, 2013 and 2016.