Junk Email Maintenance in Microsoft Outlook 2013

By: standss , May 3rd, 2013

Outlook’s Junk Email folder is fantastic as it helps keep your inbox SPAM-FREE so that you are spending time working on real emails rather than deleting SPAM.

The Junk email filter automatically checks all your incoming emails but you can take more control of what is considered SPAM and what is not.

Here are some of the filters which you can apply to make it more effective:

Safe Sender List

Outlook has a Safe Sender’s list.Outlook knows that anyone who is on your Safe Sender’s list is authorized to send you email.

It makes sense (most of the time) that anyone you actually write to should automatically be put on your safe sender’s list.

To turn it on…

  • Go to your Inbox
  • Click Home > Junk > Junk Email Options
  • Click the Safe Senders tab
  • Tick the checkbox Automatically add people I e-mail to the Safe Senders List.
  • Click OK

Safe Recipient List

Bulk emails normally have a higher chance of getting marked as SPAM due to its content etc, but if you belong to a mailing list which you regularly follow-up, you might want to add the list sender to your Safe Recipient list so that emails sent to this email address or domain is not marked at SPAM regardless of the content.

To add Recipient to the list:

  • Go to your Inbox.
  • Click Home > Junk > Junk Email Options
  • Click the Safe Recipient’s tab
  • Click Add
  • Type the email address or domain in the box that appears
  • Click OK and then OK again.

Blocked Sender List

Getting to many unwanted emails from a particular sender? You can easily add their email address to the block list so Outlook automatically moves email from that address to the Junk folder.

To add Sender to block list:

  • Go to your Inbox.
  • Click Home > Junk > Junk Email Options
  • Click the Block Senders tab
  • Click Add
  • Type the email address or domain in the box that appears
  • Click OK and then OK again.

I hope you find this tip useful in keeping your Inbox SPAM-FREE.

Do you have your own tips to manage Junk/Spam emails?

Let our readers know by leaving a comment below.

2 Replies to “Junk Email Maintenance in Microsoft Outlook 2013”

  1. Your tips this week on Outlook Searches and on Junk email Maintenance applied only to Outlook 2013. My Outlook is part of MS Office, Home & Office 2010. I would like to have you include tips for this older version, not just for the 2013 version.

  2. @Jerry, here is a older post we did on the same topic which has instructions for Outlook 2010. This covers the Safe Sender List but the instructions are almost the same once you get to that screen.

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