How to Auto Archive the Incoming Emails without Follow up Flags in Outlook

If you want to let Outlook automatically archive the received emails which are not flagged after a certain age to a specific folder, you can use the method introduced in this article.

Unlike auto moving the incoming emails to a specific folder as soon as they arrive in the mailbox, you may desire to auto archive the received emails which are not flagged for follow up when they are in a certain age, namely they are not flagged and older than a specific period. However, Outlook rule cannot help you achieve it. You have to seek other means, like third party add-ins or Outlook VBA. Thus, in the followings, we’ll teach you how to use VBA to get it.

Auto Archive the Incoming Emails without Follow up Flags

Auto Archive the Incoming Emails without Follow up Flags

  1. At the very outset, start your Outlook program.
  2. Then switch to “Developer” tab and click on “Visual Basic” button. Or press “Alt + F11” key shortcuts.
  3. Subsequently, in the VBA editor window, you need to find and double click on the “ThisOutlookSession” on the left side.
  4. Next copy the following codes into the “ThisOutlookSession” project window.
Private Sub Application_Startup()
    'Auto run the "GetInboxFolders" subroutine when Outlook starts
    Call GetInboxFolders
End Sub

Private Sub GetInboxFolders()
    Dim objInboxFolder As Outlook.Folder
    Dim strMsg As String
    strMsg = ""
    Set objInboxFolder = Outlook.Application.Session.GetDefaultFolder(olFolderInbox)
    Call ArchiveEmailsBasedonFollowupFlags(objInboxFolder, strMsg)
    If strMsg = "" Then
       MsgBox ("All emails older than 30 days in " & objInboxFolder.Name & " are archived.")
       MsgBox ("The following emails older than 30 days in " & objInboxFolder.Name & " are not archived because it has a flag:" & vbCrLf & vbCrLf & "Subject Line: " & vbCrLf & strMsg & vbCrLf & "All other emails are archived.")
    End If
End Sub

Private Sub ArchiveEmailsBasedonFollowupFlags(objFolder As Outlook.Folder, ByRef strCurMsg As String)
    Dim objDestinationFolder As Outlook.Folder
    Dim objItems As Outlook.Items
    Dim objMail As Outlook.MailItem
    Dim dReceivedTime As Date
    Dim nDateDiff As Integer
    Dim objSubFolder As Outlook.Folder
    'You can change the destination folder as per your needs
    Set objDestinationFolder = Outlook.Application.Session.GetDefaultFolder(olFolderInbox).parent.Folders("Aged")
    For i = objFolder.Items.Count To 1 Step -1
        If TypeOf objFolder.Items.Item(i) Is MailItem Then
           Set objMail = objFolder.Items.Item(i)
           dReceivedTime = objMail.ReceivedTime
           nDateDiff = DateDiff("d", dReceivedTime, Now)
           If objMail.IsMarkedAsTask = False Then
              'If the received emails are received 30 days ago
              'move to the destination folder
              If nDateDiff > 30 Then
                 objMail.Move objDestinationFolder
              End If
           ElseIf objMail.IsMarkedAsTask = True Then
              strCurMsg = objMail.Subject & vbCrLf & strCurMsg
           End If
       End If
    Next i
    'Process all the subfolders under Inbox recursively
    If (objFolder.Folders.Count > 0) Then
       For Each objSubFolder In objFolder.Folders
           Call ArchiveEmailsBasedonFollowupFlags(objSubFolder, strCurMsg)
    End If
End Sub

VBA Codes - Auto Archive the Incoming Emails Based on Their Follow up Flags

  1. After that, you should digitally sign the new VBA project.
  2. Next change your Outlook macro settings to permit the signed macros only.
  3. Finally you can restart Outlook now. When Outlook starts, the macro will be triggered at once.
  4. All the received emails, which are not flagged and are older than the specific period, will be automatically moved to the specific folder.
  • If there are flagged emails which are older than the specific period, you will get a report, like the following image:Report for Flagged Emails
  • If there are no flagged emails, all the emails will be archived. You will get the message, like the screenshot below:Message Prompting All Emails Archived

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