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

Take steps to reduce the junk mail that reaches your inbox

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If you have any email accounts—including Outlook.com—you get spam. However, Outlook.com comes with a tool that can make living life with spam a little easier: the Junk Mail Filter. Use it and follow Outlook.com advice to reduce the amount of spam that makes it to your inbox.

Set the Outlook.Com Junk Mail Filter to 'Standard'

To configure the Outlook.com spam filter:

  1. Click the Gear icon in Outlook.com.
  1. Select Options from the menu that appears.
  2. Click on the Filters and reporting link under Junk email.
  3. In most cases, select Standard under Choose a junk email filter. Select Exclusive only if you want to effectively disable the Outlook.com spam filter and rely on your safe senders list alone; all email not from a sender you have either approved or added to your address book is treated as junk and moved to the Junk folder.
  4. Click Save.

Why Choose the Standard Filter

The Outlook.com spam filters are not perfect, so occasionally a junk email or two may show up in your 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 best for users to select Standard instead of the highly restrictive Exclusive filter.

Other Ways to Reduce Spam

Although the junk mail filter is helpful, you can take other actions to reduce the spam you receive at Outlook.com.

  • When a junk email makes it to your Inbox, click the check box next to it and select Junk on the navigation bar. Outlook learns from this action to send similar emails to the Junk folder in the future.
  • Don't ever reply to spam, even to unsubscribe. 
  • Add email addresses or domains from junk email to your blocked senders list to send them directly to your Junk folder. 
  • Add people or domains that you always want to receive email from to your safe senders list.
  • Protect yourself from automated programs that gather email addresses from public message boards, chat rooms, or other public webpages by spelling out the entire email address such as Example AT Outlook DOT com when you leave comments on these sites.