Filter Yahoo! Mail Spam to a Special Folder in Outlook

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If you are receiving your Yahoo! Mail email in Outlook, you have certainly noticed that you're receiving all the spam, too. Fortunately, this is not necessary. Yahoo! Mail offers some great spam filters, and there are two ways to make use of them if you download your Yahoo! Mail to Outlook.

You can disable downloading all the messages in your Yahoo! Mail Bulk Mail folder completely, or reproduce this folder locally in Outlook. Here's how to do the latter.

Filter Yahoo! Mail Spam to a Special Folder in Outlook

To route Yahoo! Mail spam to a special folder automatically in Outlook:

  • Select Tools | Rules and Alerts... from the menu in Outlook.
    • If you use Outlook 2000 or 20002 and have no Rules and Alerts... menu item,
    • choose Tools | Rules Wizard from the menu,
    • Click New and
    • skip the next two steps.
  • Click New Rule....
  • Make sure Start from a blank rule is selected.
  • Now make sure Check messages when they arrive is selected.
  • Click Next.
  • Make sure With specific words in the message headers is selected.
  • Click on specific words.
  • Type "X-YahooFilteredBulk" (without quotes).
  • Click OK.
  • Click the Next button.
  • Make sure Move it to the specified folder or Move to specified folder is selected.
  • Click on specified folder.
  • Select or create the folder you want Yahoo! Mail spam to be moved to automatically.
  • Click Next.
  • Click Next again.
  • Give the rule an appropriate name (like "Yahoo! Bulk Mail", for example).
  • Click Finish.