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Windows 7: Outlook 2010 rules

07 Nov 2014   #1

Outlook 2010 rules

I may be missing something, but Outlook's rules don't seem to include ( with one built in exception) an "or" condition. It certainly doesn't offer any such rules based on an existing email like it does with al those "and" rules.
As in, If the subject contains "double glazing" OR "new windows" move it to..... etc
Or as in, If the subject or the from contains "double glazing" ........ etc
But surely a rule system needs to be able to catch alternatives sometimes. Because the key word may sometimes be in a selection of fields or may have variations. As in my examples above.
Whereas I'd have thought that the "and" condition was less useful, except as a safeguard.
Is there a way to create these "or" conditions?
Am I missing something, either in the rules or the underlying logic?

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07 Nov 2014   #2

Linux (Mint is primary) / XP, Win7 Home / Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Win8.1 / Win10 archived VM

In the search box (mine says "Search All Mail Items") try entering your rule (as a Boolian search). I just tested a few thousand emails and entered rules such as:

Jack OR Bruce OR Emin

The search returned the expected list (I had HIGHLIGHT enabled). Not sure how how far the rule engine can be strung.

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