In tune with consolidating all of my email accounts to Gmail I wanted to make sure that any email sent from my machine showed up in my Gmail “Sent Items” folder. I still have multiple POP accounts which can actually be configured on Gmail now however the messages show as “firstname.lastname@example.org sent on behalf of email@example.com” in the FROM field on most email clients. To me this looks horrible and I don’t want other people seeing my personal Gmail account. So instead I still have multiple accounts configured locally in Outlook 2007 but I wanted to make sure that all sent mail was located in one place which would be the “Sent Items” folder of the primary Gmail account.
To accomplish the above was easier than I expected it was going to be by setting up a custom rule in Outlook 2007. All it does is check any email sent from the local machine and moves a copy into the gmail “Sent Items” folder. You can set up a similar rule by following the directions below.
- Open Outlook Rules and Alerts: Click on Tools in Outlook’s top navigation menu and select “Rules and Alerts” from the drop down. This will open the Rules and Alerts configuration window also shown below.
- Run Rules Wizard: Click the “New Rule” button to begin the New Rule wizard.
- Configure Outlook Rule: First click “Check Message After Sending” as shown below in the image. After this is highlighted click the Next button.
Check the “on this machine only” option as shown below. Then click the Next button.
Check the “move a copy to a specified folder” option as shown below in the image. Make sure to click “Specified Folder” in the below window to select the folder you want to move the sent items to. In my case this was the Google Gmail “Sent Items” folder. Once you have configured both of these options then click the Next button.
The next window will be options for exceptions to your rule as shown below in the image. In my case there are no exceptions as I want all sent mail from this machine to show up in Gmail’s sent items folder. So either add exceptions or just click the Next button.
This is the last rule configuration window shown below where you need to verify your rule is correct. Make sure that “Turn on this rule” has a check next to it and then click the Finish button.
- Verify Rule Works:Now send an email from one of your POP accounts. You should see the email go to your Outbox followed by it showing up in your local Sent Items folder. After a couple seconds a copy of that message should show up on your gmail account’s IMAP Sent Items folder. The last thing to verify after the IMAP folder has been synced with Gmail is to make sure it also shows up under Sent Items from your Gmail account on the web.
There has been a lot of pain consolidating all of my email accounts to one Gmail account however I am already seeing the benefits. Once I figure out a couple more items I will have access to years of email from any Internet connection in the world including all of the emails I have sent for the past decade. Now at any time I can verify if I really did respond to various emails as well as the contents of those emails.