How To Configure Junk E-Mail Filter Settings In Outlook?

Every day when we launch our Outlook, we always receive all kinds of disturbing advertisement mails which are called spam messages while receive useful information. We need to manually delete the spam one from the inbox. How to avoid receiving them? Fortunately, outlook provides us with the function of junk email filter which can filter the disturbing mails into the junk e-mail folder. Also, you can configure the junk e-mail settings according to your needs. Please look at the following instructions.

arrow blue right bubble Configure Junk E-Mail Filter Settings With Junk E-Mail Options

Set junk e-mail filter level

The junk E-mail Filter in Outlook is turned on by default, and its protection level is set to No Automatic Filtering. If you feel that Outlook moves too many incoming messages, or too few to the Junk E-mail folder, you can take the follow steps to adjust the filter sensitivity of Outlook:

1. In Outlook 2010/2013, click Home > Junk > Junk E-mail Options.


Note: In Outlook 2007: click Actions > Junk E-mail > Junk E-mail Options.

2. The Junk E-mail Options dialog will then show up. There are four different levels of junk mail filter settings, please choose the level you want and click OK.



  •  No Automatic Filtering: This option can block messages from addresses which have been added to the Blocked Senders list.
  • • Low: This level will only filter the most obvious junk.
  •  High: Filters all messages suspected as junk.
  •  Safe Lists Only: Any message that is sent from someone not on your Safe Senders list or to a mailing list on your Safe Recipients list is automatically considered as junk email.

Create Junk- E-mail filter lists

There are five different junk e-mail filter lists in the Junk E-mail Options that can determine whether the emails will be moved to the junk folder or not.

  • • Safe Senders List: Email addresses and domain names of the senders in this list are never treated as junk.
  • • Safe Recipients List: You can add addresses and domain names from the mailing lists and distribution lists to this list so that they will never be marked as spam.
  •  Blocked Senders List: If you add an email address or domain to this list, messages will automatically sent to the Junk Email folder.
  •  Blocked Top-Level Domains List: You can add country/region codes to this list to block messages from another country or region.
  • • Blocked Encodings List: To block messages that contain special encoding or character set, you can add encodings to this list.

To set these junk e-mail filter lists, you can do as follows:

1. Click Home > Junk > Junk E-mail Options in Outlook 2010/2013, and click Actions > Junk E-mail > Junk E-mail Options in Outlook 2007.

2. In the pop up Junk E-mail Options dialog box, click Safe Senders tab, and click Add button to add the address or domain that you don’t want to treat as spams. See screenshot:



(1.) You can do as the above step to add the address or domain to the Safe Recipient or Blocked Senders lists as well.

(2.) From the International tab, you can check country/region codes by clicking the Blocked Top-Level Domains List button and select encodings to the Blocked Encodings List. See screenshot:


3. Then click OK to turn to the previous dialog box, and the specified address or domain has been added to the Safe Senders list. See screenshot:


4. And then click OK to finish the settings. The Outlook will filter the e-mails to junk folder with the junk e-mails rules you set.

In other hand, you can add the addresses or domains to the safe or blocked sender list as this:

1. Right-click a message from the mail list.

2. Go to Junk from the context menu, and select one of the following options:

  • • Block Sender
  • • Never Block Sender
  • • Never Block Sender’s Domain (
  • • Never Block this Group or Mailing list


And the specified address or domain will be added to their corresponding list.

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