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How to turn off or remove all rules in Outlook?

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


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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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    d.s. · 1 years ago
    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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    manju · 2 years ago
    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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      d.s. · 1 years ago
      no, you need to update your signature
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    Jim · 2 years ago
    How do you turn off the cancel all feature on the send and receive tab
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    Freddy · 2 years ago
    Why are one of your rules named kkk?.......
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      Max · 1 years ago
      LOL, that is freaking hilarious...
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    Phil Thomas · 2 years ago
    I have removed all rules however there are two rules which still show up above the Create Rule icon in the rules drop down box I cannot get rid of these and my mail still keeps being removed from my in box when I change folders. This is becoming very frustrating.
    Phil