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Old 29 Aug 2017, 01:07 AM   #1
ellentk
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Setting a Rule's Priority?

The classic interface had a box to set a rule's priority. Where is it in the current interface?

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Old 29 Aug 2017, 01:37 AM   #2
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Arrow Drag and drop Organize rules

Hi, Ellen. Please read the notice at the bottom of the Rules page:
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The first organize rule whose conditions are met will apply to the message. Drag and drop to reorder.
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Old 29 Aug 2017, 08:23 AM   #3
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Thanks, Bill. I have so many rules, I didn't see it down there. :-]

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Old 29 Aug 2017, 09:05 AM   #4
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Arrow Additional tips for rules

I know what you mean, Ellen! I also have many rules. Here are some additional tips:
  • Only one (at the most) Discard rule is executed. You can't change the order of execution (which usually isn't important).
  • Several Forward rules can operate on a single message. You can not change the order of execution (which usually isn't important).
  • Only one (at the most) Organize rule (which move messages to folders) is executed. You can drag the Organize rules to change their execution order.
  • You can edit any rule and temporarily disable it. You can then enable it at a later time. This is a very useful feature.
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Old 29 Aug 2017, 11:27 PM   #5
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Great tips, as usual, Bill.

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Old 31 Aug 2017, 11:15 AM   #6
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Yes, those are helpful tips. Thanks, Bill.
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Old 15 Dec 2017, 02:38 AM   #7
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Bill,

You mentioned that only one organize rule is executed. Does that mean that if I have two rules, one sorting messages from senderX into the Y folder and another sorting messages from senderX with subject containing wordA into the Z folder only the one that has a higher priority will work? But, if organizing with multiple criteria is possible, how would it be done?

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Old 16 Dec 2017, 02:39 PM   #8
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Hi, Ellen.
  • There is no "priority" other than the order shown on the Rules page. The Organize rules are executed in the order show, as I earlier described.
  • You can make Organize rules as you described.
    • If the first one listed matches the conditions it will be executed and the message would be filed into the selected folder.
    • If that rule is not matched then if the second one listed matches the message would be filed into that selected folder.
    • If no rule matches the message will be filed into the default delivery folder. This is normally your Inbox folder.
  • I don't understand your question. As you specified in your comments, you can create a rule with multiple criteria (conditions), such as "messages from senderX with subject containing wordA".
Bill

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Old 18 Dec 2017, 03:22 AM   #9
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Hi Bill,

You may have not understood my question, but your answer helped me see where I'd been going wrong. I'd been trying to do this using two rules with only one condition in each. Your answer made me realize that I needed to put both a sender and subject into one rule with the higher priority and just the sender into the lower priority.

Thanks for your help, even (especially?) when my questions are unclear.

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