This morning, I was going through my Live Mail accounts when I came across a new spat of phishing scams (up about 10% from last week). Since “Mark as Phishing scam” never seems to reduce the onslaught of virtually identical emails (I.E. it’s pointless), I thought I’d add a few new filters to delete them right away.
Imagine my frustration when all of my Live Mail accounts won’t allow new rules to be added… all of them. I can still edit or delete the existing rules which means Microsoft added a breaking change, once again, without testing. There was no way I’m going to go through their support forum again after the last time I had to deal with their nonsense so here’s how to get around this.
To add a new sort rule, just go into your options first.
And in your options, select Rules for new messages.
On this rules page, when you click on “New”, nothing happens. So now comes the fun part.
Right click on this page and select “View Source”. I’m on IE, but you should see something similar on almost all browsers. Each account will have a different url for this, so just search (Ctrl + F) for “EditRule”.
You should see something like this…
I blacked out the numbers in the end because, as I said earlier, this is different for each account. But you need to copy all of EditRule.aspx?n=blahblah. You can now close the view source window, but keep the mail rules window open. Your current URL should end in ManageRule.aspx?n=blahblah. Replace this with the copied EditRule link from before so it reads similar to the following…
You should now be able to visit the new rules page.
If anyone from the Hotmail team who introduced this change comes across this post, please feel free to follow the same advice I gave to Dell a little while back.
…Go choke on something.
Update 7/26 for FireFox users
I should have made clear that the Hotmail page is actually based on frames. So if you’re on FireFox, you’ll need to right-click and select “This Frame” > “View Frame Source” near the “New” button. Sorry if this oversight caused you any problems. This was only brought to my attention when I was emailed the link to a support question on the FireFox forums.