Inbox Rules Tab

This topic, which includes video, shows you how to use the Inbox Rules tab to automatically perform specific actions on messages as they arrive, based on criteria you select. For example, you can create a rule to automatically move all mail sent to a group you're a member of to a specific folder.

To manage rules, click Options > Create an Inbox Rule.

This information applies to the standard version of Outlook Web App. The feature that's described isn't available in the Outlook Web App Light.
Video: Creating Inbox Rules

This video shows you how to create detailed rules.

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Video: Creating a Rule Based on a Message

This video shows you how to create a rule quickly by right-clicking a message.

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Inbox Rules


Settings Description


Use this to create a new Inbox rule.


Highlight a rule, and then click Details to see and edit the rule.


Highlight a rule, and then click Delete to delete the rule.

previousMove Up

Use this to move the selected rule up in the list.

nextMove Down

Use this to move the selected rule down in the list.


Use this to refresh the list of rules.


Use the check box next to the rule to turn on a rule (box selected) or turn it off (box not selected).


The name of the rule.

What else do I need to know?

  • When you create a new rule in Outlook Web App, you may receive a warning that you must first delete some rules that were created in Outlook. Before you delete those rules, you may want to sign in to your account using Outlook and check the rules to see if you want to keep them. Enable any rules you want to keep.

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