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    Outlook vs OE

    This is really just a comment, but - I use OE5.5 but I have considered using Outlook several times, since I have Office 97 and 2000, but each time I have had to decide against because of the poor quality of the rules available in Outlook, compared to those in Outlook Express.

    For instance, you can't get Outlook to automatically reply to all incoming emails with a standard text; it won't mark emails as read, even if automatically deleting them; and, most restrictive of all, it will only allow one set of variables per rule, whereas in OE, I have rules that have dozens, such as those I automatically delete, marked as read, so I never know I received them (eg from those *"&!($ sites that will not let you unsubscribe after accidentally doing so).

    Can anyone tell me why, when OE is supposed to be a 'cutdown' version of Outlook, the rules function is so different, and it's Outlook that is significantly less versatile than OE? Surely it would have been simpler to just use the same system in both! Mind you, they would probably have used the Outlook version then, which I don't like ...

    It's the only thing stopping me from using Outlook, since you can do a lot more with it otherwise.
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    Re: Outlook vs OE

    express is not a cut down version of outlook, it's the former internet mail and new client and created by a different product team. some idiot thought express was a cute name. boy, was he wrong. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    there are rules addins for outlook97 andsome of the rules are better tha nwhat express can do. However, i'm not sure i'd give up express for outlook97. it lacks a lot of features available in outlook 2000 and can't do html.

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    Re: Outlook vs OE

    Mary

    That explains a lot, if it's not just a cut down version!

    I agree with you about Outlook 97, although the same failings are apparent in Outlook 98 and the version that comes with Office 2000 (Outlook 2000, I presume).

    However, I wasn't aware of any rules addins for Outlook? Where could I find out more about these? I hadn't noticed anything about them in Outlook itself (not that I studied it that hard, I must admit)?

    I have to say that when I posted that comment it was more just letting off steam than in any expectation of actually getting some viable help with it!
    Many thanks for your help! <img src=/S/bravo.gif border=0 alt=bravo width=16 height=30>
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    Re: Outlook vs OE

    each versioin of outlok has better rules capability, but if they still aren't good enough, <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.ornic.com>exlife</A> usually offers the missing features. you can use both exlife and rules wiz.

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    Re: Outlook vs OE

    many thanks, I had a quick look and exlife looks good - the only thing is, they don't seem to specify which version each of their custom rules works with - is this me looking in the wrong place or do all of them work with all versions (the latter seems unlikely, knowing MS, but is probably possible?! <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>).
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    Re: Outlook vs OE

    I too far prefer OE's rules versus O2K's wizard. However, O2K does have one ability that would meet your needs to completely wipe out unwanted emails. You can set up a message rule to "Permanently Delete" these messsages -- they do not even go to your "Deleted Items" folder, but are gone for good. When I receive a message handled by this rule, by the time I receive the notice that a new message has arrived it has already been removed without a trace.
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    Re: Outlook vs OE

    the custom actions work with all versions of outlook and the old exchange client. I've been using exlife with outlook 2002 for months. it was the first addin i verified worked with it. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    it also gets blocked attachments off. i have a rule i can run manually to save attachments to my hard drive.

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