How to Auto Set an Email’s Sensitivity Based on Its Recipients in Your Outlook

Outlook allows users to mark email as normal, private, personal or confidential at will. Some users would like to auto set an email’s sensitivity based on its recipients. So, in this article, we will share a method to realize it.

By setting email’s sensitivity, you’re actually suggesting the recipients about how to deal with the email contents. For instance, marking email as “Confidential”, the recipients will get a prompt in the InfoBar – “Please treat this as Confidential”. So, many users pretty like this feature. Yet, as they frequently forget to set the email’s sensitivity, they hope that Outlook can auto do this based on the recipients. Thus, here we will introduce an approach to achieve it.

Auto Set an Email's Sensitivity Based on Its Recipients in Your Outlook

Auto Set an Email’s Sensitivity Based on Its Recipients

  1. To start with, launch your Outlook program.
  2. Then, after getting to the main Outlook window, you need to press “Alt + F11” key buttons.
  3. Next, you’ll enter the VBA editor. In the new window, you ought to access the “ThisOutlookSession” project.
  4. Subsequently, copy and paste the following VBA code into this project.
Private Sub Application_ItemSend(ByVal Item As Object, Cancel As Boolean)
    Dim objMail As Outlook.MailItem
    Dim objRecipients As Outlook.Recipients
    Dim objRecipient As Outlook.recipient
    If TypeOf Item Is MailItem Then
       Set objMail = Item
       Set objRecipients = objMail.Recipients
       If objRecipients.count = 1 Then
          Set objRecipient = objRecipients.Item(1)
          'Change the recipient as per your needs
          Select Case objRecipient.Address
                 Case "", ""
                      objMail.Sensitivity = olPersonal
                 Case "", "", ""
                      objMail.Sensitivity = olPrivate
                 Case ""
                      objMail.Sensitivity = olConfidential
                 Case Else
                      objMail.Sensitivity = olNormal
          End Select
       End If
    End If
End Sub

VBA Code - Auto Set an Email's Sensitivity Based on Its Recipients

  1. After pasting the code, you have to manually alter the predefined recipients as per your own case.
  2. Then, you should sign this code. Click “Tools” > “Digital Signature” and follow the onscreen instructions in the new dialog box to accomplish it.
  3. Next, you could close the current window.
  4. Later head to “Macro settings” to enable digitally signed macros.
  5. Eventually, you can take a shot. Just compose and send a mail to the specific recipient. After the email sent, you can go to the “Sent Items” folder to check it. Its sensitivity will be set based on the macro, like the following screenshot:Confidential Email

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