Edit a rule

You can edit individual rules, delete rules, and change the order in which rules are run. Also, if you want to stop a rule from running without deleting the rule, you can turn off the rule.

  1. On the Tools menu, click Rules.

  2. In the left pane of the Rules dialog box, click the account type for the rule that you want to edit.

    If you don't know what type of account you have

    1. In the Rules dialog box, click Show All, and then under Personal Settings, click Accounts.

    2. In the left pane of the Accounts dialog box, click the account.The account type appears under the account description. In this example, the account is a POP account. Account type indicator

    3. To return to the Rules dialog box, click Show All, and then under E-mail, click Rules.

  3. Do any of the following:


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Edit or rename a rule

Double-click the rule, and then make the changes that you want.

Turn off a rule

Clear the Enabled check box next to the rule.

Delete a rule

Click the rule, and then click Delete  Delete .

Change the order in which the rules are run

Click a rule, and then click Move up or Move down  Move Up and Move Down arrows .

Note: Rules run in the order in which they appear in the list. The rule at the top of the list runs first.


  • Rules saved on the Exchange server are always run before rules saved on your computer. To create or edit rules based on the Exchange server, you must have a Microsoft Exchange account managed by Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 or later. For more information, see Server-based rules versus On My Computer rules.

  • If you have an Exchange account, some rules that were created in Outlook for Windows or Outlook Web App may not be editable in Outlook for Mac. To edit these rules, use Outlook for Windows or Outlook Web App.

See also

Create a rule

The rule I created does not work

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