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Setting Junk Email Options in Outlook on Windows

IMPORTANT: Please use your Spam Digest Block List for issues with junk messages addressed to your account. Instructions below should only be used for problems with messages addressed to your account.

Outlook 2013 Junk Email Folder Outlook has individual settings you can configure for junk email filtering. If you find that not enough or too many messages are being sent to your Junk email folder, you can easily adjust these settings to instantly resolve any filtering issues.

Viewing and Deleting Junk Messages
The Junk E-mail folder is in the left-most column under your list of all mail folders. If you have any junk messages, this folder will show a number in parenthesis to its right indicating the total number of messages. Simply click on the Junk E-mail folder to view these messages.
  • To permanently delete a message you are viewing, click on the Delete icon in the upper left of the Outlook Home tab.
  • To delete all messages in your Junk E-mail folder, right-click on the folder and select Empty Folder from the menu that appears.
Setting Junk E-mail Options
  1. While viewing your Outlook Mail, make sure the Home tab is selected. Click on the Junk icon to the upper left.
    The first options in the Junk drop down menu reference the specific message that is selected in your main Outlook window. For quick Junk filtering, select any of the following:
    • Block Sender - automatically put any email from the sender's address into your Junk E-mail folder.
    • Never Block Sender - messages where the sender's email address is in the From field will never be identified as Junk E-mail.
    • Never Block Sender's Domain ( - any messages from that same domain (typically an organization or company such as,,, will not be filtered as Junk E-mail.
    • Never Block this Group or Mailing List - messages that use a distribution list may have the email address in the To, Cc or Bcc fields of the email you receive. In this case you would add them to the Safe Recipients List to ensure that messages aren't filtered as junk mail.

    Junk icon

  2. To configure global filtering, select Junk E-Mail Options... from the bottom of the Junk drop down menu. Make sure the Options tab is selected in the window that appears. If you are finding that too many messages are filtered as junk, select the top option of No Automatic Filtering.

    Junk E-Mail Options

    • If you find that you are receiving a lot of junk mail in your Inbox, you may want to select Low or High in the Junk E-mail Options window instead - however you will have to check your Junk E-Mail folder regularly to make sure messages you do want are received.
    • The Safe Senders, Safe Recipients and Blocked Senders tabs at the top of the Junk E-Mail Options window allow you to view and manage any addresses that have been added to these lists for filtering.
    When done making any changes, select the Apply button in the lower right to save them, then click OK to return to Outlook.

For more help with Outlook 2013 junk options please see Microsoft's Use Junk Email Filters to control which messages you see.

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Last updated 10/06/2016