When you create a rule in Outlook, you can look for messages sent To or CC'd to an address but you can't look only at the CC field. If you want to create a rule to act on mail only by an address in the CC field, you need to use VBA.
The scripts on this page moves messages CC'd to an Exchange DL to a subfolder of the Inbox. Run a script rules (well, any rules) are fine for light-duty work, but when they need to process a lot of mail at once, some messages may be skipped. In those cases, using an ItemAdd event may be better, but even so, under really heavy loads, some messages may still be skipped.
The first sample uses in a Run a Script rule. To use it, create a rule with the condition "Sent to people or group", entering the address you want to filter on. This rule will apply only to mail where the address in the To or CC field. The script will check the CC field for an address or alias and if found, do something. In this example, the message is moved to a subfolder of the Inbox.
The second sample does not use Rules Wizard, instead it runs when Outlook starts and moves mail meeting the condition. It checks every message to see if the CC matches the name you entered.
These rules can be edited to move messages based on other conditions.
Use a Run a Script rule
To use, create a rule with the run a script action, choosing this script.
Sub MoveMail(Item As Outlook.MailItem) Dim strID As String Dim objMail As Outlook.MailItem strID = Item.EntryID Set objMail = Application.Session.GetItemFromID(strID) If objMail.CC = "dl or alias name" Then objMail.Move Session.GetDefaultFolder(olFolderInbox).Folders("subfolder-name") End If Set objMail = Nothing End Sub
Move the messages using an ItemAdd Event
To use this script, place it at the top of ThisOutlookSession and click in the Application_Startup macro then press Run to enable it without restarting Outlook.
Option Explicit Private WithEvents olInboxItems As Items Private Sub Application_Startup() Dim objNS As NameSpace Set objNS = Application.Session ' instantiate objects declared WithEvents Set olInboxItems = objNS.GetDefaultFolder(olFolderInbox).Items Set objNS = Nothing End Sub Private Sub olInboxItems_ItemAdd(ByVal Item As Object) On Error Resume Next Dim strID As String Dim objMail As Outlook.MailItem strID = Item.EntryID Set objMail = Application.Session.GetItemFromID(strID) If objMail.CC = "alias" Then objMail.Move Session.GetDefaultFolder(olFolderInbox).Folders("folder-name") End If Set objMail = Nothing End Sub
More Run a Script Samples:
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- Automatically Add a Category to Accepted Meetings
- Convert RTF Messages to Plain Text Format
- Create a rule to delete mail after a number of days
- Delegates, Meeting Requests, and Rules
- Forward meeting details to another address
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- Keep Canceled Meetings on Outlook's Calendar
- Outlook AutoReplies: One script, many responses
- Outlook's Rules and Alerts: Run a Script
- Process messages received on a day of the week
- Read Outlook Messages using Plain Text
- Receive a Reminder When a Message Doesn't Arrive?
- Run a Script Rule: Change Subject then Forward Message
- Run a script rule: Reply to a message
- Run a Script Rule: Send a new message when a message arrives
- Run Rules Now using a Macro
- Sort messages by Sender domain
- Use a Rule to delete older messages as new ones arrive
- Use a run a script rule to mark messages read
- Use VBA to move messages with attachments