email rules aren't being applied automatically

Despite correctly setting up a number of email rules for sorting into different folders after receipt, the rules are not being applied automatically ! The ONLY way I’ve found to apply the rules is manually after the send and receive cycle has completed.
If this is standard processing, and not a version fault, then it’s useless having the so called facility.
I’m running version 7.0.27943.0 which is reported to be the latest version.
Is there a ‘fix’ for this problem ??

P.S. … this help section does NOT function correctly in Firefox !!!