Stop processing more rules in Outlook.com

Rules let you handle email messages automatically based on a variety of different criteria. For example, you can move all messages from someone into a folder, or immediately delete all messages from a pesky online shopping site.

Sometimes, you might set up several rules that could apply to a single message. If you created a rule to move all messages with a subject line of "Wedding plans" to a folder, for example, and then created another rule to delete all messages with attachments, you probably wouldn't want a message related to wedding plans that has an attachment to be deleted. To prevent this from happening, you can set the option Stop processing more rules on the first rule.

Subsequent rules will be ignored, even if they apply to the message.

How does this all work?

In this example, the Wedding planner rule moves any email message from Jasmin Wolfe to the Wedding folder except if the message is marked Importance High. Stop processing more rules is selected, so no additional processing will occur.

Multiple rules applied

How to stop processing more rules

Choose your version for instructions

The instructions are slightly different depending on whether you're using the Outlook.com beta. Choose which version you're using to see the instructions that apply to you.

IF YOUR MAILBOX LOOKS LIKE...

A screenshot of the top left corner of the Outlook.com beta mailbox

See Instructions for the Outlook.com beta.

IF YOUR MAILBOX LOOKS LIKE...

A screenshot of the top left corner of the classic Outlook.com mailbox

See Instructions for classic Outlook.com.

Instructions for the Outlook.com beta

  1. At the top of the page, select Settings Settings > View all Outlook settings.

  2. Select Mail > Rules.

  3. Select Edit next to the rule to which you want to apply Stop processing more rules.

  4. Select the check box for Stop processing more rules.

Instructions for classic Outlook.com

  1. At the top of the page, select Settings Settings > Mail.

  2. In the Options menu, select Mail > Automatic processing > Inbox and sweep rules.

  3. Select the rule to which you want to apply Stop processing more rules and select Edit .

  4. Select the check box for Stop processing more rules and then select OK.

See Also

Use inbox rules in Outlook.com

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