Automatically Moving Outlook Sent Emails to a Specific Folder

When you are using Outlook professionally with multiple accounts, then there will be a great number of emails coming in and going out from these accounts. When you send emails from your account, then you can find them in the sent items folders. When the number of emails in the Sent Items increase beyond your capacity to easily manage them, you need to place the emails from Sent Items to the different folders.

Outlook has multiple features that you can use to accommodate the emails separately from the default folders. The first method is to establish a rule regarding the sending emails or choose any specific folder while sending an email.

Create a Rule in Outlook

A Rule in the Outlook is commanded action that a user applies to the incoming and outgoing messages. A rule satisfies a given condition and the user can create multiple rules for the account. Here is the process;

  1. Start Outlook from the Applications menu. After opening the Outlook, go to the account whose sent items you want to move to a different folder. In the Home Tab, you will see Rule option below the Move feature. Click it and Choose Manage Rules & Alerts.
    Choose Manage Rules & Alerts.
  2. In the Rules and Alerts wizard, you can see that there is no existing rule right now. You need to click New Rule option.
    Rules and Alerts wizard
  3. Select the last option, apply rule on messaged I send. Then click Next.
    Select the last option, apply rule on messaged
  4. Click the checkbox – through the specified account. To create a new rule, you need to mention the account and you can choose it by clicking the ‘Specified’ link in the below section.
    Click the checkbox – through the specified account
  5. From the drop-down, choose the desired account and click OK.
  6. After choosing the account, click Next.
  7. In the Rule Wizard page, click the option ‘move to a copy to a specified folder.’ Click Next.
    Move to a copy to a specified folder
  8. All the folders of the account will come up. You can use an existing an folder or click the New button to create a new folder.
  9. Provide a name to the new folder.
    Click Ok.
  10. Choose the newly created item and click OK.
  11. The Rule description will provide you the information about the selected account and folder. Click Next.
    The Rule description will provide you the information
  12. In the new page, there are multiple exception options that you can select for some message or you can just click Next button.
    Multiple exception options
  13. Specify a new name to the Rule. Also, click the checkbox to Run this rule now on messaged already in Inbox. Click the other checkbox to turn on this rule. Click the Finish button.
    Specify a new name to the Rule
  14. You can see the new Rule in the Rules and Alerts page.

Click Apply and a new rule is created where the sent items from the account will go to a new folder automatically.

Disable the function- “Save Copies of Messages”

When you don’t need save copies of messages in the Sent Items folder due to less space availability or any other reason you can disable the function. Even after creating a new rule, a copy of sent emails will be saved in the Sent Items folder which again takes up the space there, but you can clear it yourself by disabling the option. So, you will have to disable the Save Copies of messages in the Sent Items folder. Steps are as following-

  1. First of all go to the File tab and click Options.
  2. After that select the Mail tab and uncheck Save copies of messages in the Sent Items folder, and then click on OK.

Note: After disabling Save Copies of Messages, the copy of sent items will not be saved in the Sent Items folder anymore.

Save Sent Items to different folder

As we have mentioned earlier that Outlook offers all the feature to amplify the email communication. So, you can apply a different method to move the sent items to other folder. You do not need to create a new Rule to move the sent items. When you are sending an email, then you can instantly mention a different location for the sent items. Follow the process;

  1. Start Outlook and click New Email option.
  2. After opening the Message wizard, go to Options tab and click ‘Save Sent Item To.’ In the drop-down, click Other Folder.
    Opening the Message wizard
  3. Choose the folder where you want to keep the sent messages. Click OK.Choose the folder where you want to keep the sent messages

In the IMAP accounts in the Outlook, sometimes when you have created a rule to move the sent items to new folder, then the message is saved twice. You can overcome such condition by following the below steps;

  1. Choose the IMAP account, and click Change.
  2. Click More Settings, then go to Advanced tab.
  3. In the Sent Items category, click the checkbox Do not save copies of sent items. Click OK.
  4. Open Outlook and follow File>>Account Settings>>Account Settings.

Now there will be only a single copy of the sent items in the folder.


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