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If you are like me, you have a tremendous amount of email to sort through each day. Outlook Categories can help by allowing you to color code your email. Once categorized, you can group, search, and arrange your email by category. Even better, setting rules (using categories) enables you to automate the process of marking/categorizing email as soon as it hits your inbox. Outlook will apply the rule and color code your email accordingly.

The screenshot below is of my inbox. I set at least one rule for each category that automatically marks incoming email with the category color that applies based upon the rule I defined. This makes handling my email much more efficient as I work with the category tools that Outlook provides.

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