Outlook rules are stored in .rwz files with the name of your profile in the default Outlook directory.

To open the default folder for Outlook files, go to Start > Run and insert the path below for your operating system:

VISTA/ Windows 7/ Windows 8: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Outlook 

To export the rules:

  • Outlook 2007: Navigate to Tools > Rules And Alerts > Options. In the Options window, click Export Rules, and choose a file location.
  • Outlook 2010/2013: On the File tab on the Ribbon, navigate to Info > Manage Rules and Alerts > Options. In the Options window, click Export Rules, and choose a file location.
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Reverse the process to import your saved rules if you need to transfer Outlook to another computer or another Outlook profile.

Always check all the imported rules to make sure they're still active. Sometimes they're deactivated (especially in the case of rules for moving or copying to a folder) because Outlook can't be sure that the destination folder is the same as in your original rule.