Update junk e-mail filters in Outlook

Junk e-mail filters help Microsoft Outlook identify e-mail messages that should be treated as spam. There are two key points to remember about junk e-mail filters in Outlook:

  • For Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 or Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, the Junk E-mail Filter can be updated.
  • For Microsoft Outlook 2002 or earlier, the junk e-mail filters cannot be updated.
What do you want to do?


Update the Junk E-mail Filter in Outlook 2003 or Microsoft Office Outlook 2007

For more information about how to use the Junk E-mail Filter in Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, see Overview of the Junk E-mail Filter.

For more information about how to use the Junk E-mail Filter in Outlook 2003, see Manage spam with the Junk E-mail Filter.

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Junk e-mail filters in Outlook 2002 or earlier

The junk e-mail filters for Outlook 2002 and earlier cannot be updated.

To work with junk e-mail filters in Outlook 2002 or earlier, use any of the following procedures.

Turn on junk e-mail filtering

  1. On the Tools menu, click Organize.
  2. Click Junk E-mail.

Junk E-mail dialog box

  1. Choose the options that you want, and then click Turn on for each set of options that you choose. You can have Outlook automatically delete, move, or color-code all junk e-mail messages.

 Note   The default setting of the junk e-mail filter changes the color of suspected junk e-mail messages, but does not move the suspected messages to a separate folder. If you specify gray as your junk e-mail color, the questionable messages appear faded but still visible enough to read, ensuring that important messages are not accidentally overlooked.

Add a sender to the Junk Senders list

  1. In Inbox, click a message from the sender whose messages you want to automatically delete.
  2. On the Actions menu, point to Junk E-mail, and then click Add to Junk Senders List.

View the Junk Senders list

  1. On the Tools menu, click Organize.
  2. Click Junk E-mail.
  3. At the bottom of the pane, click the link.
  4. Click the Edit Junk Senders link.

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Applies to:
Outlook 2007, Outlook 2003