POP Peeper v5 sneak peep: Rule Wizard

August 30, 2018

The Rule Wizard allows you to create a rule based on the selected message.  This can be used to create a rule for either legitimate or junk messages.  For example, you may want to play a unique sound when you receive email from a certain sender, or automatically delete email from a specific domain, etc.  This makes it much more convenient to quickly add a rule.

In the following example, I’ve received an email from Amazon.com and I would like a special icon to be displayed next to all email that I receive from Amazon.

First, I select the message and press the “Rule Wizard” button in the toolbar (the “Rule Wizard” button is also available when viewing the message).


I’m given the choice of creating a “Legitimate” or “Junk” rule, or “Append to existing rule.”  I’ll select “Legitimate” since I’m expecting legitimate messages from Amazon.


Next, I must choose which part of the message I want to create a rule for: Sender, Subject or Message.  I’ll select “Sender” because I want to create a rule for email I receive from Amazon.


This page will have slightly different options based on my previous choice.  Since I’ve selected the Sender, I’m given a variety of choices regarding the user’s email address and name.  In this example, I want to apply a rule to email from any amazon.com address — and not a specific email address — so I’ll choose “email address domain.”  I don’t need to add any additional requirements for this rule, so I’ll press “Accept and continue.”


I’m now given the choice of what actions I want to perform when I receive email from Amazon.com.  Because this is a “Legitimate” message, many choices are not available had I selected a “Junk” rule; for example, I cannot delete this message.  I want to display an icon that will stand out when I receive messages from Amazon, so I find the appropriate icon in the “User flag” dropdown.  This particular Amazon icon does not ship with POP Peeper, but you can add your own custom icons.  After selecting the icon, I press Next.


Finally, I name and review the rule, and then press Finish.

To test that the rule works as expected, I can re-evaluate the message and see that the icon appears as expected:


The main goal of the Rule Wizard is to provide an easier method of accessibility for what is already available in POP Peeper v4 (via the AntiJunk interface).  While using the AntiJunk interface is very powerful, it is not very convenient for casual use.  Most rules are conceived when you receive an email that needs attention, so the Rule Wizard provides an accessible way to quickly create a rule while viewing the message.

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