Set the Outlook.com Junk Mail Filter to "Standard"

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If you have an Outlook.com or Windows Live Hotmail account, you get spam.

Fortunately, these email services come with a tool that can make life with spam a little easier: the Junk Mail Filter.

Set the Outlook.com Junk Mail Filter to "Standard"

To configure the Outlook.com spam filter:

  1. Click settings gear icon () in Outlook.com.
  2. Select Options from the menu that has appeared.
  3. Follow the Filters and reporting link under Preventing junk email.
  1. Typically, make sure Standard is selected under Choose a junk email filter.
    • Select Exclusive if you want to essentially disable Outlook.com's spam filter and rely on your safe senders list alone; all email not from a sender you have either thus approved or added to your address book will be treated as junk and moved to the Junk folder.
  2. Click Save.

Set the Windows Live Hotmail Junk Mail Filter to Standard

To set your Windows Live Hotmail Junk Mail Filter sensitivity:

  1. Select Options | More options from the main Windows Live Hotmail navigation bar.
  2. Follow the Filters and reporting link under Junk e-mail.
  3. Choose Standard under Choose a junk e-mail filter.
  4. Click Save.

The possible settings of the Windows Live Hotmail Junk Mail Filter are Low, Standard, and Exclusive.

Why Choose Standard?

I recommend choosing Standard. The Outlook.com and Windows Live Hotmail spam filters are not perfect, so a one or the other piece of spam will arrive in your Windows Live Hotmail Inbox, but the majority will go to the Junk folder automatically.

At the same ​time, only a few legitimate emails will be filtered out by mistake, so it is usually safe to select Standard instead of​ Low.

The Exclusive Windows Live Hotmail Junk Mail Filter will consider all mail that does not come from trusted sources as spam and move it to the Junk folder. While this is certainly most effective against spam, chances are legit messages will be deleted unless you go through your Windows Live Hotmail ​Junk folder regularly (and that is exactly what we want to avoid, is it not?).

Make Sure Mail From Certain Senders is Safe

Whichever level of spam filtering you select in Windows Live Hotmail, you may want to make sure mail from certain important senders and mailing lists is never filtered and always arrives in your Inbox reliably.