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How to turn off or remove all rules in Outlook?

Author: Kelly Last Modified: 2020-05-19

You may be familiar to rules in Microsoft Outlook, but do you know how to turn off rules in one email account? How about removing all rules from one email account? And what if remove all rules from all email accounts quickly in your Microsoft Outlook? Here we will show you ways to turn off or remove all rules in Microsoft Outlook.

Turn off or remove all rules in an email account
Remove all rules in all email accounts


Turn off or remove all rules in an email account

To turn off or remove all rules in an email account in Microsoft Outlook, please do as following:

Step 1: Shift to the Mail view, and click to open one folder of the email account that you will turn off or remove all rules in.

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 on the Home tab.

Turn off all Rules and Alerts in this email account

You can turn off a rule with unchecking the check box before it. To turn off all rules, just uncheck all check boxes before all rules. See screen shot below:

Remove all rules in this email account

If you want to remove all rules in this email account, please select all rules in the Rules and Alerts dialog box, and then click the Delete button. See screen shot above.

And in the popping up warning dialog box, please click the Yes button.

Note: Holding the Shift key, you can select all rules with clicking the first rule and the last one.


Remove all rules in all email accounts

Of course you can remove all rules in every email account separately. Here I will show an amazingly easy way to remove all rules in all email accounts quickly.

Step 1: Exit the Microsoft Outlook.

Step 2: Open the Run dialog box with pressing the Win key and R key at the same time.

Step 3: In the Run dialog box, enter the outlook.exe /cleanrules in the Open box, and click the OK button.

Then you will get into the Microsoft Outlook with all rules removed in each email account completely.


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These instructions don't seem to work in Outlook 365. I have no rules set and I am still have emails being sent to the Trash folder that I do not want to be deleted.
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Hi there, if removing or turning off rules in Outlook 365 doesn't solve the issue of emails being sent to the Trash folder, consider these steps:

Check Server-Side Rules: Use the Outlook web app to inspect for any hidden rules.
Review Junk Email Settings: Check your Junk Email settings in both the Outlook client and the Outlook web app to ensure they are not too aggressive and to see if the senders are mistakenly marked as junk.
Disable Focused Inbox: Outlook 365 has a feature called Focused Inbox that sorts your emails into two tabs - Focused and Other. Ensure that this sorting is not causing the confusion. If needed, you can turn off Focused Inbox from the View tab in Outlook settings.
Inspect Additional Filtering or Sweeping Rules: In the Outlook web app, there's a feature called "Sweep" that can automate how emails from specific senders are managed. Ensure no Sweep rules are inadvertently affecting your emails.
Evaluate Third-Party Add-Ins: Run Outlook in Safe Mode to see if add-ins are causing the issue.
Contact Microsoft Support: If issues persist, seek assistance from Microsoft Support.
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How to stop a hacked rule from constantly reappearing in my Hotmail rules. I have deleted it multiple time and it keeps appearing and sending my emails in my Inbox to Archive
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After deleting the rules from my outlook, I am not receiving email only from those people I created rules, from rest receiving without any error.
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in my outlook automaticlly display my name in reply to all ...so can i clear all the rules it will solve are not ??
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no, you need to update your signature
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How do you turn off the cancel all feature on the send and receive tab
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