Block a Sender in Windows Live Mail or Outlook Express

Block senders to reduce annoying emails

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Outlook Express is a discontinued email client that was included with Windows 98, Me, 2000, and Windows XP.  Windows Live Mail is a discontinued email client that was designed to run on Windows 7 and Windows 8. It is compatible with Windows 10. Windows Mail is an email client included in Windows Vista, 8, 8,1 and 10 operating systems.

Many emails are received every day, and some of them are not welcome.

If you find many of these unwanted messages are from the same sender, you can block all mail from that sender easily in Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express.

Block a Sender in Windows Live Mail

To add a sender to your list of blocked senders in Windows Live Mail or Windows Mail:

  • Highlight a message from the sender in the message list.
  • Make sure the Home ribbon is active.
  • Click the down arrow beneath Junk on the Home ribbon.
  • Select Add sender to blocked sender list from the menu. Select Add sender's domain to blocked sender list from the menu to block messages not only from this sender but from all addresses at the same domain.

Block a Sender in Windows Live Mail 2009 and Earlier or Windows Mail

To add a sender to your list of blocked senders in Windows Live Mail or Windows Mail:

  • Open a message from the sender or highlight it in the message list.
  • Select Actions | Junk e-mail | Add Sender to Blocked Senders List in Windows Live Mail or Message | Junk E-mail | Add Sender to Blocked Senders List in Windows Mail from the menu.
  • Select Actions | Junk e-mail | Add Sender's Domain to Blocked Senders List or Message | Junk E-mail | Add Sender's Domain to Blocked Senders List from the menu to block messages not only from this sender but from all addresses at the same domain.

In Windows Live Mail, you may have to hold down the Alt key to see the menu.

Block a Sender in Outlook Express

To add an email address to the list of blocked senders in Outlook Express:

  • Highlight a message from the person you want to block.
  • Select Message | Block Sender... from the menu.
  • Click Yes to have all existing messages from the blocked sender deleted from the current folder. Future messages are blocked even if you answer No to the question and keep existing messages.

Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail, and Outlook Express automatically add the sender's address to your list of blocked senders. Note that this only works with POP accounts. Messages from blocked senders in IMAP or MSN Hotmail accounts are not moved to the Trash folder automatically.

Blocking Doesn't Prevent Junk Mail

Since spammers can pick a new, different email address for every junk email they send, blocking by sender address is not effective against this annoying type of email. To ban spam, try a spam filter.