'Or', not 'and' in Outlook rules


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Guest

How do I change the 'and' to an 'or' when two selection criteria are
specified in one rule. This was possible in Outlook Express but I can't find
the equivalent functionality in Outlook.
 
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Sue Mosher [MVP-Outlook]

What rule conditions are you trying to set?
 
G

Guest

Hi Sue,

I am trying to do this:

If the message if from "X" or has "Y" in the message body then...

Regards

Simon
 
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Sue Mosher [MVP-Outlook]

In Outlook, you will need to create those as two separate rules, one for
each condition.

--
Sue Mosher, Outlook MVP
Author of
Microsoft Outlook Programming - Jumpstart for
Administrators, Power Users, and Developers
 
G

Guest

Sue

I suspected this would be the case - so Outlook has less function than
Outlook Express. Oh Well!

Thanks very much for the response.

Simon
 
B

Brian Tillman

Simon Rodan said:
I am trying to do this:

If the message if from "X" or has "Y" in the message body then...
As far as I can tell, "or" is the default. Create your rule and when it
asks you for the string, put "X" in the field, click Add, then put "Y" in
the field and click Add. When I do that, I see "or" between the strings.
 
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Guest

When my wife asked me how to do the same I said that she would have to create
2 rules. Of course she was somewhat irritated that this new suite which we
just spent big bucks buying could not do the same thing that free OE could.
She (nor I) want to create more than one rule for one action.

I do hope that MS fixes this bug in a software fix in the near future
 
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Sue Mosher [MVP-Outlook]

This behavior is not a bug, by by design. Outlook and Outlook Express are two different products, created by two different teams with two very different sets of priorities. If their names weren't so similar, maybe people wouldn't get so irritated that they don't work the same.

--
Sue Mosher, Outlook MVP
Author of Configuring Microsoft Outlook 2003

and Microsoft Outlook Programming - Jumpstart for
Administrators, Power Users, and Developers
 
G

Guest

Sue, Thanks for the reply.

I understand that they are different products, but not so different that
Outlook -- touted to be the more powerful and advanced of the two -- would
lose some boolean functionality in its Rules. Surely if the code is there
for *and* then it should not be difficult to also have an *or* subroutine,
and to omit it to my mind is a flaw if not a bug.

After all, the Rules in Outlook as a whole, as well as other aspects of the
email part of the program, blows OE away. This one aspect seems to run
counter to that.

Thanks again.

Wayne Moses.
 
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Guest

I have to agree with Wayne - I find it annoying that I have to create
multiple rules in Outlook to achieve what Outlook Express could achieve with
a single rule. Especially when Outlook then limits the number of rules you
can have.
 

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