How to Create and Apply Message Rules in Windows Live Mail

In the past we have talked about folder rules in MS Outlook and we also saw how that helped us stay more organized and automated with our emails. In the same context we also learnt to use the rule creating feature to manage solutions like emulation of vacation responses and customizing mail alert patterns.

Today we will speak about one more desktop email client, Windows Live Mail (WLM) and we will see how to create and apply message rules on it. We will check out the general steps and then each one of us can fine tune the actions by what we really need.

Steps to Create a Message Rule in Windows Live Mail

In our example we have chosen a single point of check on the message and two points of actions to whatever matches the criteria. The steps would be very much similar to anything you want to create.

Step 1: Open Windows Live Mail desktop client. Navigate to the Folders tab and click on Message rules to begin with the setup.

Wlm Message Rules

Step 2: Switch to New Rules tab and click on the button reading New. A dialog for New Mail Rule will be launched.

Create New Message Rule

Step 3: Select and tick the conditions (check points) that you would like to apply to the incoming messages. Then select the actions that must be applied on the messages which match or pass the check points.

New Mail Rule

Step 4: While you select the conditions and actions you will notice that a rule gets defined (in words) on the third section of the pop-up. You must click on each of those links that appear and define more specifications as required.

In our case we had to add the list of people to be checked as contained in the From line. You can add people from Contacts or enter an address manually and hit on Add.

Add People To Rule

Besides, you can move deeper into the Options and refine the rule condition in a more granular manner.

Customize People Rule

The other link in our rule required us to add the list of people to whom the message must be forwarded. It was pretty easy and simple to follow the steps.

Add People To Forward

Steps to Apply a Rule in Windows Live Mail

When you save a message rule that you have just created you will be shown another window for activating the rules. Alternatively, you can bring it up by routing to Folders -> Message rules.

Choose Rule Folders

Select the rules that you want to apply to the system currently. Use the Move up and Move down buttons to change the order and preference of rule execution. Click on Apply Now and exit the setup.

Select Rule To Apply


Creating rules and optimizing the use of Windows Live Mail is really up to oneself. I mean, you can create almost any set of conditions and action plans in order to meet your needs. Share with us the rules you plan to create and execute.

Last updated on 03 February, 2022

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