Chances are all the messages arriving in your Outlook's Inbox have been addressed to you.
Depending on your organization's culture, where your address appears may make all the difference, though. If you're one of 30 Cc: recipients, it's typically enough to take note. If you — and only you — are in the To: line, though, that means business.
Outlook can help you spot these important messages immediately by dressing them in a special manner.
Have Outlook Highlight Mail Sent to You Only
To make Outlook highlight messages that have your address in the To: line and no other recipients:
- In Outlook 2013:
- Go to the View tab on the ribbon in your inbox.
- Click View Settings in the Current View section.
- In Outlook 2007:
- Select View | Current View | Customize Current View... from the menu while you are in your Outlook Inbox.
- In Outlook 2003:
- Choose View | Arrange By | Current View | Customize Current View from the menu.
- Click on Conditional Formatting… (or Automatic Formatting).
- Click the Add button.
- Type "Me: sole recipient!" under Name:.
- Click Font… and choose the desired formatting. (You could make the font teal, for example, or use italics.)
- Click OK.
- Now click the Condition… button.
- Make sure Where I am: is checked.
- Select the only person on the To line from the drop-down menu.
- Optionally, go to the More Choices tab and check Only items that are: unread to restrict special formatting to new messages.
- Click OK.
- Click OK again.
- Click, yes, OK if prompted.
(Updated October 2013)