Outlook 2010 Rules: Need a condition for time of day

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I have a rule that forwards messages from certain people in my organization to my personal email account so I can respond to urgent matters when I am away from the office. I would like to modify the rule so that it only fires outside of working hours and days (i.e., after 4pm weekdays and all day Sat & Sun). There is no criteria within Outlook rules that seems to satisfy this so I am looking for help with either a free or cheap add-in or possibly some VBA code to make this happen. Anyone know of any such solution?

Diane Poremsky

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Outlook version
Outlook 2016 32 bit
Email Account
Office 365 Exchange
What type of email account? Out-of-office will do this, if the Exchange admin isn't blocking forwards. Otherwise, the only way to forward based on times is using a rules tool such as Auto-Mate - but outlook needs to be running for it to work.



Thanks for the reply, Diane. This is an exchange account and forwards are not blocked. I thought about going this route but then I would have to remember to set it each day -- right? Generally I only use Out of Office when I will be away during regular business hours. Also, I do leave my workstation logged in when I am away, only locking it, so I could leave Outlook running if necessary. I just now Googled Auto-Mate and I see that a single license is $40. I was hoping for a cheaper (free!) solution. Any other ideas?
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