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How to rename rules in Outlook?

Author: Kelly Last Modified: 2014-03-21

Letโ€™s say you are going to create a rule to delete email messages automatically by special words in subjects or bodies. If you do not specify a rule name, this rule will be named with those specified words automatically, while other rules will be named with their conditions or actions automatically. See the following screen shot.

Some auto rule names usually are too long to be recognized if there are many specified conditions included in the rules. Actually, Microsoft Outlook supports the feature of renaming rules. This article is an easy tutorial about how to rename rules in Microsoft Outlook quickly.

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The following steps will guide you to rename rules in Microsoft Outlook with ease.

Step 1: Shift to the Mail view with clicking the Mail in the Navigation Pane.

Step 2: Open the Rules and Alerts dialog box:

  1. In Outlook 2007, please click the Tools > Rules and Alerts;
  2. In Outlook 2010 and 2013, please click the Rules > Manage Rules & Alerts in the Move group on the Home tab.

Step 3: In the Rules and Alerts dialog box, please select the rule name that you will change in the rules box.

Step 4: Click the Change Rule > Rename Rule. See the following screen shot:

Step 5: In the popping up dialog box, please delete the old rule name in the New name of rule: box, and enter a new one.

Step 6: Click all OK buttons in each dialog box.

Up to now, you have renamed the selected rule. And you can view the rule with new name in the rule box in the Rules and Alerts dialog box.


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