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Office 2008 for Mac All-in-One For Dummies® by Jim Gordon, Geetesh Bajaj

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Chapter V.4. Your Mail Rules and Newsgroups

In This Chapter

  • Filtering junk and keeping the good stuff

  • Discovering the rules about rules

  • Keeping things on schedule

  • Joining the newsgroup community

Automating Entourage can save you countless hours and make your e-mail workflows manageable. The best part is that you don't have to know any scripting language to take advantage of Entourage's tremendous automation capabilities. Of course, if you do know AppleScript, you can extend these capabilities even further. Regardless, you're sure to be pleasantly surprised by how much you can do easily by using Entourage's automation options.

In this chapter, we also show you how you can become part of, read, and post to the newsgroup communities from within Entourage.

Sandbagging the Flood of Junk Mail

Everyone hates mail that they didn't ask for! Unless you've lived under a rock for the last decade, you know that the electronic version of unsolicited mail is spam. Except for the jerks who send it, no one likes spam. Spam makes a lot of money for spammers — at least, until they're caught and sent to jail. The folks at Microsoft hate junk mail, too, so they created a Junk Mail Filter, affectionately called the JMF by people who deal with it regularly. The Entourage JMF on the Mac is the same JMF that's used in Microsoft Outlook in Windows. The JMF is updated regularly at no additional cost through the Office Automatic Software Update feature.

You can control certain settings in the JMF. To get at the Entourage ...

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