Set the Junk Mail Filter to 'Standard'

Take steps to reduce the junk mail that reaches your inbox

What To Know

  • Go to Settings > View all > Mail > Junk email. Select Block [. . .] from anyone not in my Safe senders and domains list.
  • To train Outlook that certain messages are junk, select them and choose Junk > Junk from the navigation bar.

This article explains how to set up a junk mail filter in your inbox and gives you additional tips to cut down on the amount of useless mail that actually makes it to your inbox. Instructions in this article apply to and Outlook Online.

Set the Junk Mail Filter to 'Standard'

To configure the spam filter:

  1. Go to Settings.

  2. Select View all Outlook settings.

    View all Outlook settings
  3. Select Mail.

    Mail tab in settings
  4. Select Junk email.

    Junk email settings in
  5. In the Filters section, select the Block attachments, pictures, and links from anyone not in my Safe senders and domains list check box.

    To block content from unknown senders, select the Only trust email from addresses in my Safe senders and domains list and Safe mailing lists check box.

    filters in Junk email settings
  6. Select Save.

Other Ways to Reduce Spam

Although the junk mail filter is helpful, try these other actions to reduce the spam you receive at

  1. When a junk email makes it to your Inbox, select the message, go to the navigation bar, and select Junk and then in the menu that appears, select Junk again. Outlook learns from this action and sends similar emails to the Junk folder in the future.

  2. Don't reply to spam or unsubscribe from spam messages. 

  3. Add email addresses or domains from junk email to the Blocked Senders list to send them directly to the Junk Email folder. 

  4. Add people or domains that you always want to receive email from to the Safe Senders list.

  5. Protect yourself from automated programs that gather email addresses from public message boards, chat rooms, or other public web pages by spelling out the entire email address such as Example AT Outlook DOT com when you leave comments on these sites.

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