How to Report Spam in Outlook to Improve Its Junk Filter

If you did not expect much from the spam filter built into Outlook, chances are you were pleasantly surprised by its effectiveness. Dedicated filters may be more accurate, but hardly more comfortable to use.

Of course, the filter is not perfect and new forms of junk mail show up every day. To help Microsoft's FrontBridge division improve and adapt the Outlook spam filter for continuing effectiveness, you can report any spam it misses.

This, too, is easy and carefree.

Report Spam from Outlook to Improve Its Junk Mail Filter

To report junk mail to Microsoft for improving the Outlook spam filter:

  • Make sure the Junk E-mail Reporting Tool for Microsoft Office Outlook is installed.
  • Highlight the junk mail or messages you want to submit.
  • In Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2007:
    • Click the Report as Junk and Delete toolbar button.
  • In Outlook 2013 and later:
    • Make sure the Home ribbon is selected and expanded if you are in the main Outlook email window; make sure the Message ribbon is selected and expanded if the message is opened in its own window.
    • Click Junk in the Delete section.
      • As an alternative:
        • Click the down arrow next to Junk.
        • Select Report Junk from the menu that appears.
  • Click Yes if prompted.
    • If you do not wish to be prompted for confirmation in the future, make sure Do not show this message again is checked.