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Problem color-coding messages by sender [message #397132] Thu, 21 August 2008 09:21 Go to next message
pzxdld
Messages: 2
Registered: August 2008
Junior Member
Hi, I have successfully color-coded messages from my boss, "Joe Blow", to red
in my Outlook 2003 in-box. I have also color-coded messages from a director,
"Anna Smith", in green. I followed the steps of highlighting a message from
that sender and going through the Tools option, etc. on the menu bar.

My problem is that *any* messages coming from a user with the first name
"Joe" are color-coded in red. Also, *any* messages coming from a user with
the last name "Smith" are color-coded in green. I don't know what will
happen if I get a message from someone named "Joe Smith"! Has anyone
encountered / fixed this problem before?

Thanks for your help!
Re: Problem color-coding messages by sender [message #397282] Thu, 21 August 2008 11:25 Go to previous messageGo to next message
pzxdld
Messages: 2
Registered: August 2008
Junior Member
Hi Diane,

Thanks for the quick answer. I either did not understand your reply, or my
original message was not clear.

To color-code certain recipients, I click on a message in my Inbox from that
sender ("Joe Blow"), go to Tools --> Organize --> Using Colors.

I see a line that says "Color messages" (dropdown) "from" "Blow, Joe" "in"
(dropdown to pick color), then a button that says "Apply Color". The link
you sent me did not help me understand what I need to do differently from
this procedure. Is there another area for formatting I need to fix to define
what the "From" field in my Inbox means? If so, I don't know how to do that.

Thanks again for your help.

Bob

"Diane Poremsky [MVP]" wrote:

> See http://www.outlook-tips.net/archives/2006/20060831.htm - redo your
> autoformatting rules to use the email address, not the display name.
>
> --
> Diane Poremsky [MVP - Outlook]
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> "pzxdld" <pzxdld@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:3BFE34BE-62A3-4EAB-BCDA-C97335931F56@microsoft.com...
> > Hi, I have successfully color-coded messages from my boss, "Joe Blow", to
> > red
> > in my Outlook 2003 in-box. I have also color-coded messages from a
> > director,
> > "Anna Smith", in green. I followed the steps of highlighting a message
> > from
> > that sender and going through the Tools option, etc. on the menu bar.
> >
> > My problem is that *any* messages coming from a user with the first name
> > "Joe" are color-coded in red. Also, *any* messages coming from a user
> > with
> > the last name "Smith" are color-coded in green. I don't know what will
> > happen if I get a message from someone named "Joe Smith"! Has anyone
> > encountered / fixed this problem before?
> >
> > Thanks for your help!
>
>
Re: Problem color-coding messages by sender [message #445180] Thu, 20 November 2008 07:53 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Erin
Messages: 34
Registered: July 2006
Member
This is really irritating, but I think I may have figured something out.
Once you have the color-coded rule set up for "Joe Blow", click on the
Automatic Formatting button in the "Ways to Organize Inbox". Select the rule
for "Mail received from Joe Blow" and click on the Condition button. Click
the button that says From to select Joe Blow's name from your address book.
This seemed to do the trick for me. I was having the same problem.

"dave" wrote:

> I have the exact same problem... and whilst I understand what Diane Poremsky
> has suggested this does not work either as exchange resolves the email
> address back to the original "Display Name". I.e. bob.jones@company.com
> resolves back to Jones, Bob:IT (LDN).
>
> The organize feature using colors is essentially useless with this problem
> as any emails with the same first name as those with an organize rule
> configured are also applied.
>
> "pzxdld" wrote:
>
> > Hi Diane,
> >
> > Thanks for the quick answer. I either did not understand your reply, or my
> > original message was not clear.
> >
> > To color-code certain recipients, I click on a message in my Inbox from that
> > sender ("Joe Blow"), go to Tools --> Organize --> Using Colors.
> >
> > I see a line that says "Color messages" (dropdown) "from" "Blow, Joe" "in"
> > (dropdown to pick color), then a button that says "Apply Color". The link
> > you sent me did not help me understand what I need to do differently from
> > this procedure. Is there another area for formatting I need to fix to define
> > what the "From" field in my Inbox means? If so, I don't know how to do that.
> >
> > Thanks again for your help.
> >
> > Bob
> >
> > "Diane Poremsky [MVP]" wrote:
> >
> > > See http://www.outlook-tips.net/archives/2006/20060831.htm - redo your
> > > autoformatting rules to use the email address, not the display name.
> > >
> > > --
> > > Diane Poremsky [MVP - Outlook]
> > > Outlook Tips: http://www.outlook-tips.net/
> > > Outlook & Exchange Solutions Center: http://www.slipstick.com
> > >
> > > Outlook Tips by email:
> > > dailytips-subscribe-request@lists.outlooktips.net
> > >
> > > EMO - a weekly newsletter about Outlook and Exchange:
> > > EMO-NEWSLETTER-SUBSCRIBE-REQUEST@PEACH.EASE.LSOFT.COM
> > >
> > > You can access this newsgroup by visiting
> > > http://www.microsoft.com/office/community/en-us/default.mspx or point your
> > > newsreader to msnews.microsoft.com.
> > >
> > >
> > > "pzxdld" <pzxdld@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> > > news:3BFE34BE-62A3-4EAB-BCDA-C97335931F56@microsoft.com...
> > > > Hi, I have successfully color-coded messages from my boss, "Joe Blow", to
> > > > red
> > > > in my Outlook 2003 in-box. I have also color-coded messages from a
> > > > director,
> > > > "Anna Smith", in green. I followed the steps of highlighting a message
> > > > from
> > > > that sender and going through the Tools option, etc. on the menu bar.
> > > >
> > > > My problem is that *any* messages coming from a user with the first name
> > > > "Joe" are color-coded in red. Also, *any* messages coming from a user
> > > > with
> > > > the last name "Smith" are color-coded in green. I don't know what will
> > > > happen if I get a message from someone named "Joe Smith"! Has anyone
> > > > encountered / fixed this problem before?
> > > >
> > > > Thanks for your help!
> > >
> > >
Re: Problem color-coding messages by sender [message #445240] Thu, 20 November 2008 09:47 Go to previous message
dave
Messages: 323
Registered: July 2006
Senior Member
Erin, that worked!

Well done and thanks. Needless to say, Microsoft should fix that. They
should also fix the fact I did not get an email response to your reply (which
I had requested).

Anyway, I'll stop complaining now :)..

Cheers again.
Color-Me-Lucky-Dave

"Erin" wrote:

> This is really irritating, but I think I may have figured something out.
> Once you have the color-coded rule set up for "Joe Blow", click on the
> Automatic Formatting button in the "Ways to Organize Inbox". Select the rule
> for "Mail received from Joe Blow" and click on the Condition button. Click
> the button that says From to select Joe Blow's name from your address book.
> This seemed to do the trick for me. I was having the same problem.
>
> "dave" wrote:
>
> > I have the exact same problem... and whilst I understand what Diane Poremsky
> > has suggested this does not work either as exchange resolves the email
> > address back to the original "Display Name". I.e. bob.jones@company.com
> > resolves back to Jones, Bob:IT (LDN).
> >
> > The organize feature using colors is essentially useless with this problem
> > as any emails with the same first name as those with an organize rule
> > configured are also applied.
> >
> > "pzxdld" wrote:
> >
> > > Hi Diane,
> > >
> > > Thanks for the quick answer. I either did not understand your reply, or my
> > > original message was not clear.
> > >
> > > To color-code certain recipients, I click on a message in my Inbox from that
> > > sender ("Joe Blow"), go to Tools --> Organize --> Using Colors.
> > >
> > > I see a line that says "Color messages" (dropdown) "from" "Blow, Joe" "in"
> > > (dropdown to pick color), then a button that says "Apply Color". The link
> > > you sent me did not help me understand what I need to do differently from
> > > this procedure. Is there another area for formatting I need to fix to define
> > > what the "From" field in my Inbox means? If so, I don't know how to do that.
> > >
> > > Thanks again for your help.
> > >
> > > Bob
> > >
> > > "Diane Poremsky [MVP]" wrote:
> > >
> > > > See http://www.outlook-tips.net/archives/2006/20060831.htm - redo your
> > > > autoformatting rules to use the email address, not the display name.
> > > >
> > > > --
> > > > Diane Poremsky [MVP - Outlook]
> > > > Outlook Tips: http://www.outlook-tips.net/
> > > > Outlook & Exchange Solutions Center: http://www.slipstick.com
> > > >
> > > > Outlook Tips by email:
> > > > dailytips-subscribe-request@lists.outlooktips.net
> > > >
> > > > EMO - a weekly newsletter about Outlook and Exchange:
> > > > EMO-NEWSLETTER-SUBSCRIBE-REQUEST@PEACH.EASE.LSOFT.COM
> > > >
> > > > You can access this newsgroup by visiting
> > > > http://www.microsoft.com/office/community/en-us/default.mspx or point your
> > > > newsreader to msnews.microsoft.com.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > "pzxdld" <pzxdld@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> > > > news:3BFE34BE-62A3-4EAB-BCDA-C97335931F56@microsoft.com...
> > > > > Hi, I have successfully color-coded messages from my boss, "Joe Blow", to
> > > > > red
> > > > > in my Outlook 2003 in-box. I have also color-coded messages from a
> > > > > director,
> > > > > "Anna Smith", in green. I followed the steps of highlighting a message
> > > > > from
> > > > > that sender and going through the Tools option, etc. on the menu bar.
> > > > >
> > > > > My problem is that *any* messages coming from a user with the first name
> > > > > "Joe" are color-coded in red. Also, *any* messages coming from a user
> > > > > with
> > > > > the last name "Smith" are color-coded in green. I don't know what will
> > > > > happen if I get a message from someone named "Joe Smith"! Has anyone
> > > > > encountered / fixed this problem before?
> > > > >
> > > > > Thanks for your help!
> > > >
> > > >
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