VBA - unable to set rule condition 'on this computer only'

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I've tried following the guide on this page: Specifying Rule Conditions, but nothing works. According to this page, this condition is able to be set with VBA, but any attempt to set the condition results in "object doesn't support property or method" or "type mismatch". Even tried using ChatGPT and that endlessly produced erroneous code. Code such as ruleConditions.OnLocalMachine.Enabled = true or = false is rejected and it's documented on another Microsoft page that olConditionLocalMachineOnly is read-only, so I guess that's expected (although that conflicts with the earlier reference I mentioned earlier that states that it can be set).

Anyone know how to set (or unset) a rule condition as 'on this machine only' using VBA?
 
I tried using chatgpt to write powershell and it told me to import modules that don't exist. :)

Can you post your code sample so I can test it?

I'm out of town but have my laptop and will test it.
 
Here's the code sample I tried to get to work. Please note that this reference: RuleConditions.OnLocalMachine property (Outlook) states that 'onlocalmachine' property is read-only then later seems to contradict itself with the following: "This property of the RuleConditions collection always returns a RuleCondition object regardless of whether the rule associated with this RuleConditions collection has defined such a rule condition. You can programmatically enable a rule condition of this type."

ChatGPT made a real mess of it, trying non-existent objects and invalid property names.

Code:
Sub DisableOnlyOnThisComputerRules()
' Loop through each rule and if it contains a condition 'on this machine only', disable it
    Dim rule As Outlook.rule
    Dim ruleConditions As Outlook.ruleConditions
    Dim ruleCondition As Outlook.ruleCondition
    Dim myVar As Variant
    
    For Each rule In Application.Session.DefaultStore.GetRules()
        Set ruleConditions = rule.Conditions
        If ruleConditions.OnLocalMachine.Enabled = True Then
            Debug.Print rule.Name, "has 'on this machine only' condition enabled"
            For Each ruleCondition In ruleConditions
                If ruleCondition.Enabled Then
'                    Debug.Print "Type: " & EnumName(ruleCondition.ConditionType, False)
                    Select Case ruleCondition.Class
                        Case olFromRuleCondition
                            For Each myVar In ruleCondition.Recipients
'                                Debug.Print "Class olFromRuleCondition", EnumName(rulecondition.ConditionType, False), myVar.Address
                                ruleConditions.OnLocalMachine.Enabled = False
                            Next
                        Case olTextRuleCondition
                            For Each myVar In ruleCondition.Text
'                                Debug.Print "Class olAddressRuleCondition", EnumName(rulecondition.ConditionType, False), myVar
                            Next
                        Case olAddressRuleCondition
                            For Each myVar In ruleCondition.Address
'                                Debug.Print "Class olAddressRuleCondition", EnumName(ruleCondition.ConditionType, False), myVar
                                ruleConditions.OnLocalMachine.Enabled = False
                            Next
                        Case olAccountRuleCondition
                            Debug.Print ruleCondition.Account.DisplayName
                    End Select
                End If
            Next
        End If
    Next
End Sub
 
Some examples of the bogus info provided by ChatGPT: trying to use .Address property of RuleCondition object (no such property) and .Filter property of Rule object (no such property).
 
I tried using chatgpt to write powershell and it told me to import modules that don't exist. :)

Can you post your code sample so I can test it?

I'm out of town but have my laptop and will test it.
I did post the code example as you requested several weeks ago.
 
sorry, I got busy with dealing with everything that came in while I was out for two weeks with limited internet access.... and forgot. Will check it today.
 
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