A rule is an action that Microsoft Outlook performs automatically upon incoming or outgoing messages, based on conditions that you have specified. You can create a rule from a template, from a message, or using your own conditions. Many of you might be using rules to organize your inbox. Recently due to some corrupt files, we had to re-install Windows 7. Due to this when we installed Outlook 2010 again and we had to created the rules starting from scratch. So it is always good to have a back up of your rules.

1. To backup Rules, click on the File tab in Outlook 2010 and here you can see Rules and Alerts at the bottom.

Rules and Alerts

2. Click on Manage rules and alerts. This will open up the Rules window. Here you can see all the rules you have created for this account. You can select the rules which you want to export. Once done, click on the options button on top right corner. This will open up the back up or import window.

Import Export Rules in Outlook 2010

3. Clicking on Export Rules button will take a back up of all the selected rules, in case you want to restore it back anytime, use the Import rules button.

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