Using the “Rules and Alerts” option to “run a script”, the list of scripts to run is empty. What makes a script appear in the list?
The argument must by type MailItem or MeetingItem for the subroutine to be available in the Rules Wizard in Outlook 2007. In Outlook 2010 and 2013, PostItem also works.
You need to avoid processing messages using more than one rule when you are using a run a script rule. Run a script rules should be placed at the top of the rules list and include the “stop processing” action.
All actions should be in the script – don’t combine actions in the rule with the run a script rule. Include all of the actions you want to take on the items that meet the rule’s conditions in the VBA procedure.
Something like this:
Public Sub ShowMessage(Item As Outlook.MailItem) 'code End Sub
Open Outlook’s VBA editor by pressing Alt+F11 and expand Microsoft Office Outlook Objects then double click on ThisOutlookSession.
You’ll type or paste the code into the module, then create the rule with the ‘run script’ Action and select this script
Create a Run a Script Rule
After the script is written, you need to add it to a rule.
- Open Rules Wizard. In Outlook 2010 and 2013, it’s on Outlook’s Home ribbon,
Rules > Manage Rules & Alerts. Look on the Tools menu in older versions.
- Click New Rule.
- Select Apply Rule on messages I receive and click Next.
- Select your conditions and click Next.
- Select Run a script action (near the bottom).
- Click on a script.
- Select your script, click OK.
- Click Next then finish the rule.
For best results, all actions should be in the script.
More Run a Script Samples:
- Autoaccept a Meeting Request using Rules
- Create a rule to delete mail after a number of days
- Forward meeting details to another address
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- How to create a script for the Rules Wizard in Outlook (MSKB)
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