Outlook Express Tip

Highlight Important Email With Color
Outlook Express 5 and 6 / Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP

Outlook Express 5 and 6 Running on Windows 98/ME/NT/2000 or Windows XP Home or Professional

If you'd like a certain sender, subject, or other criteria to appear highlighted in color when it appears in Outlook Express and therefore stand out from the rest,  here's how you do it:

Select the message from which you want to create a rule, by highlighting it and selecting "Message" on the top toolbar and "Create Rule From Message" which appears in the context menu.

Now, select your "If" criteria, for instance, Where the from line contains (the email address of the sender which you have selected appears) then select the actions for your rule, scroll down to "Highlight it with color." Click on the word "color" and select the color you want from the available 16 colors shown there.

You can also highlight with color based on "subject", if the mail contains an attachment, whether the message body contains certain words, and many others. This can be a very useful tip if you want to be immediately aware of an important email even before you read it.

This tip comes in very handy if you have someone important you're communicating with and you'd you like to see if any email has arrived from this person, or for things like showing instantly which messages contain attachments. Of course, the only limit on how you can use this tip is your imagination. So, let your creative juices flow and let us know how this tip has helped you and in ways you've used this tip.

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