Painlessly Organize Your Outlook Inbox, Auto-File Your Bacn

Last Updated Nov 28, 2010 10:43 PM EST

These days, thanks to improved spam filtering, unsolicited e-mail isn't the problem it once was. Instead, bacn -- junk-ish mail from companies and people you already have a relationship with -- is. If your inbox is filled with an undifferentiated pile of important, unimportant, high-pri, and low-pri mail, then you need some help. Here's a tool that can help you take back control of your inbox, automatically, without setting up lots of rules or filters. The amazing thing? It actually works.

ClearContext Personal is a new Outlook add-in that applies a slew of intelligent rules to your inbox and automatically sorts your mail into messages from high-priority contacts, known senders, and all the other, not-quite spam stuff.

If you have an excellent memory, you might recall that Rick told you about ClearContext Personal a few years ago. At the time, it perplexed him -- in fact, Rick said, "it's not immediately clear how to start using ClearContext," and "at first I didn't think it was working."

Fair enough -- the folks at ClearContext agreed that the program wasn't effective, and completely revamped it. This new ClearContext Personal is dramatically better. Now, when you install it, the program automatically sets up rules to categorize and move bacn (travel offers, Amazon deals, newsletters, and so on) out of the inbox so you can concentrate on important stuff first. You can tweak the rules by dragging new uncategorized messages to the desired filter. And you can always see those messages with a single click from a new Outlook sidebar.

To learn more, check out this video: