Practice Tip ' Sort out your emails

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I met with someone last week who almost never answers my emails. I told him I found this quite annoying. His answer was 'phone me, please ' I can't manage the number of emails I get and am block deleting them'.

Now that's worrying. He might be missing important stuff. In fact, I know he is ' I've sent him some stuff I think quite important by email. And if I'm irritated you can be sure I'm not the only person to be so.

What was odd was that he seemed to think all emails had pretty much the same status. They don't. I'm quite sure there are people he wants to hear from ' and there is a lot of rubbish in his inbox. Candidly, my ratio of desirable to acceptable to undesirable emails is about 10 : 20 : 70 these days (and that's after servers delete quite a lot of spam before it reaches me). I'd b...

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re emails again
Delighted I could help, Anthony. I just discovered this site by chance yesterday.

Before you get too wound up, I don't have 200 close friends who e-mail me every day!!!! I subscribe to 4 active interest groups so it soon adds up.

Regards.

Rona

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Many thanks, Rona
Yup - that works, thank you. (And I must say having done it, it seemed embarrassingly obvious. Having said that, not all software is that intuitive - sometimes you just have to be told.)

Re: "I get around 200 e-mails a day at home". I think that must make me Billy no mates.

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Re multiple inboxes
"If I create a new inbox (e.g. inbox: regular contacts) it lists that folder alphabetically in my long list of specific email folders rather than immediately following the default inbox. Any elegant workaround?"

When you open a new folder, Outlook Express asks you where you want to create it.

Why not create your various inboxes as separate folders within the default Inbox with the other folders you use moved to within Local Folders?

I also make use of folder names starting with "aa" or "zz" so they go to the start or end of the list.

With Outlook Express you can redirect e-mails very easily using Tools>Message Rules>Mail then you can move them by sender, whether the e-mail was sent to you or just cc'd to you, subject, etc. I get around 200 e-mails a day at home from various groups I am connected with and can easily keep on top of them using this method (also a number of different addresses but this isn't essential). It is the sort of thing that you assume everyone who gets lots of e-mails does unless you find out differently!!!

Good luck.

Rona



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Multiple Inboxes?
Many thanks for a helpful article, Richard.

One point, however, Outlook Express appears only to allow one default inbox. If I create a new inbox (e.g. inbox: regular contacts) it lists that folder alphabetically in my long list of specific email folders rather than immediately following the default inbox. Any elegant workaround?

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