The Rules Wizard for Microsoft Outlook automatically processes both incoming and outgoing messages. You set conditions similar to those used for Microsoft Outlook filters, then indicate what action(s) you want to be performed on messages that meet those conditions.
Rules in the Rules Wizard apply to only to mail at the time its downloaded. They can be applied to mail after its downloaded using the Run Rules Now command.
For Microsoft Exchange Server users, Rules Wizard automatically converts rules created with the Inbox Assistant feature (which Rules Wizard replaces). Exchange Server users also have an Out of Office Assistant for handling such things as vacation notices and Folder Assistant rules that run on public folders. See Server-based vs. client-based rules.
Filters are used with Search folders, Custom Views, and Advanced Find. Filters are used with Outlook items in the data file and show or hide but do not move items. You can apply filters to any Outlook item type, not just email. Filters can show, hide, or highlight items in different colors based on a variety of conditions and criteria.
Although Outlook does not support locking views against changes, you can lock view in Outlook 2010 using VBA. See How to prevent changes to Outlook views for a code sample.
For a complete list of articles, see Rules Wizard and Filters index
How to change the Junk Email options in Microsoft Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2013 when you have multiple email accounts configured.
The basics of creating a custom field using a formula For best results, begin with a custom view: In Outlook 2010 and up, look on the View ribbon for Change View. Expand it and choose Manage Views. In Outlook 2007 and older, go to the View menu, find the menu for Define views. Click New.
How to use Outlook's Copy Folder Design command to replicate permissions, rules, forms, and views to another folder in your Exchange server profile.
It's not hard to image this scenario: you create a custom view, everything is just the way you like it. Then you accidentally sort by a different column. Outlook saves the changes and your perfect view is ruined. In the early versions of Outlook, users were presented with a "Do you want to save changes?"
Use a run a script rule to set reminders to alert you if a new message (such as routine server alerts) doesn't arrive within a specified time.
Display only the birthdays that occur in the upcoming months, by creating a custom view in Outlook's Calendar.
Create a rule in Outlook to filter messages sent from Internet Addresses when you use Exchange Server.
How to create an Outlook rules using wildcards.
How to create a rule so that all emails from a specific server (example microsoft.com) go into a specific folder.
How to use a run a script rule in Outlook to add a category to delegated meetings.
How to use Outlook's Rules Wizard Run a Script action to process messages using VBA. Using Run a Script rules will allow you to use actions not available in the Rules Wizard.
Junk Mail updates are released monthly. If you aren't using automatic updates, go to Help, Check for updates once a month. Available in every Microsoft Outlook version since 2003: Junk Email handling. Junk email removes spam from your mailbox using built-in filtering capabilities. The junk mail feature is highly accurate when set on High and
Beginning with Outlook 2003, Outlook includes a Junk Email filter. While this filter cannot be updated by the end user, Microsoft releases frequent updates for it. For most users, setting the Junk email filter set to high is good enough, especially if their mail is also scanned by a server side anti-spam filter. If it
Understanding and using Outlook's Junk Mail Safe Sender, Safe Recipient, and Blocked sender's lists.
Use a run a script rule to autoreply to a message.