How to move emails to specified folder after assigning certain category in Outlook?

Supposing you assigned a category to a received email in your Outlook, after assigning category, you want this email to move automatically to a certain email folder named with the category name. For example, an email assigned with category “Private” will be move to a folder name “Private” in your Outlook. How to achieve it? The method in this article can help you solve the problem with ease.

Move emails to specified folder after assigning certain category with VBA


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Move emails to specified folder after assigning certain category with VBA

The below VBA code can help to automatically move emails to specified folder after assigning certain category in Outlook. Please do as follows.

1. Press the Alt + F11 keys to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. In the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, double click to open the ThisOutlookSession (Code) window. Then copy below VBA code into the window. See screenshot:

VBA code: Move emails to specified folder after assigning certain category

Private WithEvents xInboxFld As Outlook.Folder
Private WithEvents xInboxItems As Outlook.Items

Private Sub Application_Startup()
    Set xInboxFld = Outlook.Application.Session.GetDefaultFolder(olFolderInbox)
    Set xInboxItems = xInboxFld.Items
End Sub

Private Sub xInboxItems_ItemChange(ByVal Item As Object)
Dim xMailItem As Outlook.MailItem
Dim xFlds As Outlook.Folders
Dim xFld As Outlook.Folder
Dim xTargetFld As Outlook.Folder
Dim xFlag As Boolean
On Error Resume Next
If Item.Class = olMail Then
    Set xMailItem = Item
    xFlag = False
    If xMailItem.Categories <> "" Then
        Set xFlds = Application.Session.GetDefaultFolder(olFolderInbox).Folders
        If xFlds.Count <> 0 Then
            For Each xFld In xFlds
                If xFld.Name = xMailItem.Categories Then
                    xFlag = True
                End If
            Next
        End If
        If xFlag = False Then
            Application.Session.GetDefaultFolder(olFolderInbox).Folders.Add xMailItem.Categories, olFolderInbox
        End If
        Set xTargetFld = Application.Session.GetDefaultFolder(olFolderInbox).Folders(xMailItem.Categories)
        xMailItem.Move xTargetFld
    End If
End If
End Sub

3. Save the code and restart the Outlook.

4. From now on, when assigning category to a receiving email, a folder with the category name will be created automatically under the Inbox folder with the email moved in. See screenshot:

Note: All emails assigned with the same category will be moved to the same folder automatically. But if a new category is assigned to an email, a new folder will be created automatically.


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  • To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.
    santos · 3 months ago
    This worked for me. would you be able to edit the code just to have the messages moved to one folder instead of creating one for each category. I have all the emails in one folder regardless of category and sort them in the folder.
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    Alex · 5 months ago
    At first this did not work for me either but after a while it just started to work, I'm not sure why though.
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    elon · 1 years ago
    same here. Didn't work
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    supermankelly · 1 years ago
    Did not work.