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File or archive your email messages

Outlook messages move to an archive folder when past a specified date

When messages reach maturity, they move to an archive folder.

Messages move to an archive folder when they achieve maturity. "Maturity" doesn't mean self-control or emotional balance here. It means how long a message sits around without your touching it. Maturity is based on the last modified date. The actions below change the modified date (and time) of a message:

  • Forwarding
  • Replying
  • Replying to All
  • Editing and Saving
  • Moving
  • Copying

Tip     To see the last modified date of a message, you can add the Modified field to your view of messages. Instructions for doing this are included in the Quick Reference Card at the end of this course.

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