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Message Rules for Windows Live Mail 2011

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  • We just started using Windows 7 (fantastic OS), It came with Windows Live Mail 2011. When we moved the messages over from the old computer using an early Version of Live Mail, the rules database didn't come with them. I had the same problem upgrading from Outlook Express. At that time we were told to reenter the rules, something that I have resigned myself to have to do with this version.

    The problem now, however, is that the new version is missing a function that at least made the job tolerable. Under the Action selection on the menu bar was the selection to Create a Rule for this Message (or something like that). The selection would open the New Mail Rule dialog box with the e-mail address of the current message already entered as the 'contains people ' parameter. This saved having to re-enter the address verbatim. The Live Mail 2011 program does not seem to have the same function at least not that I can find. Please tell me that I can re-enter my rules (I have over 200 rules) without having to type in each e-mail address over again.

    Thanx in advance for your help

    Mike A

    Thursday, November 11, 2010 1:36 PM

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  • Hi Mike A.!

    I was searching for the same information today and came across your question.  Of course there was no answer :)

    However, I found the answer and wanted to share with you.  If you go to the "Folders" Tab at the top of Live 2011, there is a button to the far right called "Message Rules".  It is formated just like our old favorite so you should be fine from there.

    I looked forever before searching online for the answer.  I can't believe I never found it!!

    Hope this makes you day a little better.

    MamaBerry
    • Proposed as answer by cmnielsen Tuesday, December 25, 2012 12:08 PM
    Monday, November 15, 2010 7:01 PM
  • Hi MamaBerry,

    Thanks for you responce. Sorry to say though that I had found that selection, the only problem is that the 'New Rule' that you will enter requires that you must type in the complete address for the "people" entry in the Rule. The Function in the earlier versions would automaticaly prefill that parameter from the current message. Having to manually type in the complete address takes me forever as I just went through a spinal surgery in June that have left me with one hand that works only partially and the other hand almost completely non-functional. I just really appreciated the way that the earlier versons helped reduce that problem.

    Thanx again MamaBerry and God Bless

     

    MikeA


    God Bless Mike Auclair
    Monday, November 15, 2010 8:01 PM
  • Thanks for info "MamaBerry"! I was surprised that I didn't see it too when you said where it was! Lol!...Mike, I don't have nearly as many rules as you, but I can understand the tediousness of having to type every e-mail address. Especially with your condition. What I did was when the dialogue box link "Contains People" appears, I click that. When the box comes up, choose "Contacts". Then start typing the first few letters of the contact you want. Auto-complete will start selecting from your address book. Then just double click that contact. It will be put there automatically. A little tedious, I know, but not nearly as tedious as typing the whole address.  I aggree that there has got to be function that allows you to import message rules. Especially people who have many rules like yourself. If not, it's got to be a huge oversight! I'll keep searching that function and if I find it, I'll get back to you. Maybe it too is hiding in plain sight like the message rules!  Good Luck..
    Wednesday, November 17, 2010 3:01 PM
  • Thanks!  What a relief!
    Thursday, November 25, 2010 11:22 AM
  • Thanks MammaBerry!!!

    Can't believe I didn't see that. I like the new Live Mail just getting to know my way around it is a bit tricky. Great forum.

    Thanks to all!

    USAF5979

    Saturday, November 27, 2010 6:20 PM
  • Thanks for the suggestion RockEfish

    That method works well for some o/f the rules but I have a lot of e-mails coming in from mailing lists that aren't in the contacts database. for instance from magazines and some vendors, I'm into wood working so I have a lot of different sources for tools that I don't go through the contacts db to contact.7

    I will say however the suggestion was very helpful for setting up the rules family and friends, thanx for your help.

    God bless and have and have a great day.

    MikeA


    God Bless Mike Auclair
    Monday, December 20, 2010 11:00 PM
  • If you go to "find" then "find message" enter the name of the person or magazine or vendor your message in the "from" column you can go to "action" button which works the same as in previous versions of outlook express. I cant really understand why the "action" button cant work directly from the initial message
    Thursday, December 30, 2010 3:40 PM
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  • Just doing a little refresh here.  With Windows live shutting down, I had to install Live Mesh and all the other crud that goes with it.  What's the latest on adding message rules like the old program had?  This current one is terrible.
    Friday, April 22, 2011 7:42 PM
  • Is it possible to use the older Mail programs?
    Friday, April 22, 2011 7:55 PM
  • Hello
    Thank you for your post! I would suggest posting your question located here:


    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/Search/Search?SearchTerm=Windows+Live+Mail+2011&CurrentScope.ForumName=&CurrentScope.Filter=&askingquestion=false 


    Have a great day!
    Thanks!
    Ming Ma
    Tier 2 Application Support
    Server and Tools Online Operations Team

    Friday, April 22, 2011 11:39 PM
  • Hi Mike A.!

    I was searching for the same information today and came across your question.  Of course there was no answer :)

    However, I found the answer and wanted to share with you.  If you go to the "Folders" Tab at the top of Live 2011, there is a button to the far right called "Message Rules".  It is formated just like our old favorite so you should be fine from there.

    I looked forever before searching online for the answer.  I can't believe I never found it!!

    Hope this makes you day a little better.

    MamaBerry


    Thank you so much for these posts. I couldn't see it for looking. Outlook Express was so easy.

    BobFriendo

    Wednesday, April 27, 2011 1:59 PM
  • Hi MamaBerry,

     

    My Windows Live Mail does not have a "Folders Tab"

    Has the rules feature been eliminated ?  How do you determine the version of Windows Live Mail?

     

    Thanks.

     

    Mike

    Wednesday, July 06, 2011 4:44 PM
  • A bit late I know.

    Top left corner just above 'New Folder' what looks like a page with dropdown arrow then select about.

     

    Monday, November 21, 2011 8:33 PM
  • The annoyng thing is that it does not seem to allow you to create a message rule that stores the email on the server. i.e. it only seems to provide a message rule option to allow you to store a message locally on the PC.
    Monday, November 28, 2011 2:27 AM
  • Thank you..
    Thursday, March 01, 2012 2:51 PM
  • click on folders then message rules

    Wednesday, May 02, 2012 5:59 PM
  • Rockfish: I followed all these steps but my incoming mail e.g from my Gmail account persists in going into my Live mail Inbox. I also find that the rules I created vanished within a few hours. Obviously, I am doing something wrong - I only wish I knew!

    When I am in the Contacts area, I notice that all I need do is to double tap the relevant e-mail  address which then appears at the bottom with the indicatiion that it can be sent on to the "contains people" area which it does. But that is the email address in total; there are no people as such named in it. Is that the reason the message received from that address ends up in my Inbox? I haven't tested that yet but ......No, that's not it. I also found I had Imap enabled in Gmail so I disabled that, too. Still no success. Help! I can't see where I made a mistake! The procedure is much the same as in Outlook Express which never gave me any trouble. 

    I wonder if someone might reply to my post. I would be more than happy to be told what I am doing wrong. Thank you.



    • Edited by Utambulisho Sunday, August 26, 2012 10:34 AM
    Wednesday, August 22, 2012 3:01 PM
  • If you have succeeded in making the message rules work so that incoming mail is directed towards specified boxes, could you please describe what you did? I have followed all the instructions (they are really the same as in XP) but if I send myself a note from my gmail.com address to my live mail address, that note continues to end up in my Inbox in Live Mail not in the specified box. I cannot for the life of me detect where I went wrong.

    Kevin

    Friday, August 31, 2012 1:09 PM
  • Windows Live Mail is just simply ridiculous in my opinon. The MESSAGE RULES are buried where most people will never look. The HELP feature is impotent in finding information on the rules.

    Once you do find the MESSAGE RULES, you have to create a rule and hope you get it right. With OE, you can create a rule from the message.  Many messages from newsletters et al cannot filtered using the MESSAGE RULES feature unless you use the Jedi Mind trick or go back to OE or Windows Mail.

    For those who want to revert back to Windows Mail which gives you pretty much all the functionality of Outlook Express, see this thread: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/5481-windows-mail.html


    • Edited by Sammy888 Thursday, December 27, 2012 9:15 PM
    Thursday, December 27, 2012 9:15 PM