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How To Setup An Archive Folder in Outlook for MAC.

With these instructions you will learn how to archive mailbox data in Outlook for Mac.

The archiving rule will move the email from the server to a folder on your Mac and reduce the mailbox size on the exchange server.


Outlook 2011 for Mac

You would need to create Archive folder on the local computer. To un-hide On My Computer folder:

In Outlook 2011, click on the Outlook menu at the top of your screen, Select "Preferences", uncheck the box "Hide On My Computer Folders".

To create local archive folder right-click or (ctrl/click) on the "On My Computer", then select "New Folder".


Outlook 2016 for Mac

NOTE: The archive button is available on Exchange 2016.

To create an archive folder choose one or more messages that you would like to archive, select "Archive" on the ribbon.

As soon as you choose "Archive", you will get a prompt the "Archive" folder for "Microsoft" does not exist, to proceed click the "Continue" button.

The Archive folder will be automatically created.


To set up archiving rule

  1. In Outlook 2011 or 2016 for Mac, go to "Tools", then select "Rules".

    The other option is to go to "Rules" from the ribbon and select "Edit rules".



  2. Select Exchange on the left pane menu and click on '+' to add a new rule:



  3. Give the rule a name and specify the conditions using drop-down lists as follows:
    • If all conditions are met: Selected.
    • When a new message arrives: Date Received | is greater than | enter any number | days old.
    • Do the following: Move Message | any folder on your computer.
    • Do not apply other rules to messages that meet these conditions: Enabling this option is up to you and depends on your other rules.
    • Enabled: Checked.



  4. Click "OK" and save the rule.

  5. Apply the rule by clicking on the source folder, then select "Rules", then "Apply" and select the name of the rule you just made.



  6. When you export the data from Archive folder, you select "File", then "Export".
    The next window comes up, select types of items that should be included in the archive file, then click the "Continue" button.



  7. On next dialog window type the name of the archive file and select the location on your MAC, where the file should be stored, then click the "Save" button.


     
    NOTE: This rule may run a long time the first time you run it depending on your mailbox size.

  8. After the archive is completed, you will find the .olm file with your mailbox items saved on the Mac.



  9. To confirm the items are in the file. Click on "File", then "Import", then select "Outlook for Mac Archive" file, then select the file.
    The file should displayed the list of folders. If all items are in place, you may clean out the archive folder.

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