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  1. #1
    Gill
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    Default Where do I find my message rules for Outlook Express

    Hi there
    Think I'm heading for a reformat and would like to be able to store on floppy my email message rules that I have created.
    I am running Windows ME and Outlook Express 5.5.
    Any ideas please of where to look?
    Thanks

  2. #2
    Baldy
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    Default Re: Where do I find my message rules for Outlook Express

    You will find message rules if you click on TOOLS......... a drop-down menu box will open, and its half-way down

    BALDY:-)

  3. #3
    Gill
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    Default Re: Where do I find my message rules for Outlook Express

    > You will find message rules if you click on
    > TOOLS......... a drop-down menu box will open, and
    > its half-way down

    Hmmm I know how to add message rules - what I would like to do is find the folder that actually stores them, then copy this folder to a floppy so that when I reformat I will still have a copy to reinstall.

  4. #4
    Baldy
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    Default Re: Where do I find my message rules for Outlook Express

    Small world..... I was just going to post the very same question. I have been trying to do the very same thing - but its got me stumped too.

    BALDY:-)

  5. #5
    Jim B
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    Default Re: Where do I find my message rules for Outlook Express

    This from Tomsterdam


    Backing up Selected Identity Settings

    Some user settings that are Identity-specific cannot be backed up using the built-in tools in OE. Message Rules, Blocked Senders, Signatures and Custom Views are all stored in the Windows registry, and so must be backed up manually.

    1. In Regedit, navigate to this key:


    HKEY_CURRENT_USER
    \Identities
    \{GUID}
    \Software
    \Microsoft
    \Outlook Express
    \5.0


    where GUID is the Global Unique IDentifier for your Identity.
    2. Under that key, you will find the following sub-keys, among others:



    \Block Senders
    \Rules
    \Signatures


    3. In the left-hand pane, click on each sub-key and then click Registry| Export Registry Key, and save the selected branch to your hard disk as type *.reg. Note that the \Rules key contains both message rules and custom views.


    Restoring Selected Identity Settings

    To restore the keys at a later time, you must first determine the GUID of your new Identity. Do this by opening Regedit and navigating to


    HKEY_CURRENT_USER
    \Identities
    \{GUID}


    Click on each {GUID} sub-key to see the "Username" value in the right-hand pane. When you find the Identity (Username), right-click on the {GUID} sub-key, click Rename, then press Ctrl-C to copy the name to the clipboard. Now press the ESC key. Do not rename the key! Close Outlook Express, and you are now ready to begin the restore process.

    1. For each registry file (*.reg) that you saved in your backup, open the *.reg file in Wordpad and change all occurrences of the old {GUID} with the {GUID} of your current Identity (now you know why I had you copy the {GUID} to the clipboard). Save the edited file, making sure it is still saved as type *.reg and not *.txt.
    2. In Regedit, delete the keys you wish to restore, making sure you are deleting the ones below your Identity's {GUID} keys.
    3. Double-click the saved *.reg keys.


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    Babe Ruth
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  7. #7
    Gill
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    Default Re: Where do I find my message rules for Outlook Express

    Thanks I'll have a go tonight.
    Obviously not just a simple case of copying a folder!
    Gill

  8. #8
    Baldy
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    Default Re: Where do I find my message rules for Outlook Express

    Hi again Gill,

    There is one way of doing it, but a bit fiddly

    Go To Outlook Express:-
    > open a folder (eg: Sent Items)
    > Click first email, (hold down shift key - click last email )
    > email the list to yourself as attachment
    > when email arrives select: save ALL attachments and save them to a new My Documents folder
    > then you can save on floppy disc or CD

    Bit fiddly, but at least you can save all your emails

    BALDY:-)

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