Tame your computer - save your bacn


In her regular series for Cambridge Network members, software training expert Karen Roem offers handy tips to help you 'Tame your computer'. Ahead of her appearance on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire today (Monday), she describes how to automatically move low-priority emails from your inbox (Microsoft Outlook)...

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Are you suffering from email overload? It's a fact that email traffic is increasing and we are often overwhelmed by it. Over the years I have offered tips to tackle it and help you discover some of the features of Outlook you might not be aware of.

Today Monday (October 17th), I’ll be a guest on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, where I will give advice on how to tame the overstuffed, out-of-control beast that is your inbox.

Here’s a sneak preview … filtering out bacn. What’s bacn?, I hear you ask. Well, bacn is email that you subscribed to, such as newsletters and offers, and is therefore not SPAM.

So if you want to read some of your bacn (such as my tips - I hope) why not automatically move them to a separate folder where you can find them when you have time? That way you can focus on the most important messages in your inbox.

Here’s how:

  1. Press CTRL + E and type the word unsubscribe. (By law, bacn emails need to contain an unsubscribe option.)
  2. Right-click the message you want to automatically move to a bacn folder.
  3. Click Rules, followed by Always Move Messages From.
  4. Click on your bacn folder you created earlier or click on New to create one “on the fly”.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Click Finish.

A new rule is created that moves all future messages from that specific person. So, if you also get “normal” emails from this person you might want to use the advanced options as described in tip 457, or use Quick Steps, as described in tip 346.

To edit or delete rules, select Manage Rules & Alerts from the Rules button in the Move group on the Home tab.

By the way, in Office 365 (Outlook 2016) a new feature was introduced, that will train Outlook to automatically store less important email in a Clutter inbox.

Oh, and if you are interested in getting more tips on how to tackle email overload, why not tune in to the Jeremy Sallis Show on Monday at 12.30pm?

14 October 2016

Karen Roem offers software training and support through her company Roem Ltd.  Contact her by email   (Karen@roem.co.uk) or visit her website at www.roem.co.uk

Roem Ltd is a Learning Collaboration approved supplier, having come recommended by Cambridge Network member organisations. Network membership means you automatically have the right to book on to any LC course at any time, while some categories of membership actually include LC training units.


Karen Roem
Microsoft Office-ionado

Roem Ltd – software training and support