Block senders or mark email as junk in Outlook.com

If you're getting too much spam or junk email, follow these steps to keep your Inbox free of unwanted email:

Mark email as junk or spam in Outlook.com

  1. Select the messages you want to mark as junk.

  2. At the top of the screen, select Junk > Junk (or Spam > Spam) to move the message to your Junk or Spam folder.

Block someone in Outlook.com

  1. Select the messages from senders you want to block, then choose Junk > Block (or Spam > Block).

  2. To block junk senders, go to your Junk Email folder and select any messages you have marked as Junk, then choose Not junk > Block (or Not spam > Block).

Notes: 

  • If you discover that an email message was not actually junk, select the message in your Junk Email folder and, on the toolbar, select Not junk Not junk or Not spam > Not spam.

  • Items in your Junk Email folder are deleted automatically after 30 days. Select an item to see when it will be deleted.

  • If you're still receiving email from a sender you blocked, see Receiving email from blocked senders in Outlook.com.

Other options to help keep junk or spam out of your inbox

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Use this feature to block individuals or organizations.

  1. Open Blocked senders and domains and select Add.

  2. Type the email address or domain that you want to block and press Enter.

  3. Select Save.

    Notes: 

    • If you don't want messages from a specific person or domain to end up in your Junk Email folder, add the sender to your Safe senders list.

    • To remove someone from a list, select Remove next to the email address or domain.

    • You can have up to 1,024 addresses or domains in the Blocked senders and Safe senders lists. If you want to add more than that, try blocking domains instead of individual email addresses.

This will block everyone except those in your Safe senders list. Remember to include everyone you want to hear from.

  1. Open your Safe senders and domains and select Add.

  2. Type the email addresses or domains of your contacts and other people you want to add and press Enter.

  3. Under Filters, select from:

    • Only trust email from addresses in my Safe senders and domains list and Safe mailing lists

    • Block attachments, pictures, and links from anyone not in my Safe senders and domains list

  4. Select Save.

Rules can help filter out specific words that repeatedly come from different or hidden email addresses.

  1. Open your Outlook.com Rules and select + Add new rule.

  2. Every rule needs at least three things: a name, a condition, and an action.

    Rules can also contain exceptions to conditions. You can add multiple conditions, actions, and exceptions at each step by choosing Add a conditionAdd an action, and Add an exception. 

    For example, to create a rule that deletes all email with the word "weather" in the subject:
    Name = "Weather"; Condition = Subject includes "Weather"; Action = Delete

    Tips: 

    • Rules only work on email in your Inbox.

    • If you don't want any more rules to run after this one does, select the Stop processing more rules check box. For more information, see Stop processing more rules in Outlook.com.

  3. Press Save to create your rule.

If you want to stop receiving newsletters or promotions, you can unsubscribe from your inbox.

  1. In your inbox, select a newsletter or promotional email.

  2. At the top of the reading pane, select Unsubscribe.

    A screenshot of the Unsubscribe button

Avoid posting your email address on social networking sites, large Internet directories, or job-posting sites. Don't even post it on your own website, unless you disguise it as described in "Disguise your email address", below.

Spammers get rich when people buy their "products." Don't reply to spam (even to unsubscribe), buy anything from an unfamiliar business, or agree to hold or transfer money for anyone. Beware of messages that appear to come from Microsoft and that ask for your password or threaten to close your account or expire your password. They're false.

When you shop online, companies sometimes pre-select check boxes that indicate you agree that it's fine to sell or give your email address to responsible parties. If you don't want to receive email from those companies, make sure you clear the check boxes.

When you sign up for web-based services such as banking, shopping, or newsletters, carefully read the privacy policy before you reveal your email address so you don't unwittingly agree to share confidential information.

The privacy policy should outline the terms and circumstances regarding if or how the site will share your information. If a website doesn't post a privacy statement, consider taking your business elsewhere.

When you post to a message board, newsgroup, chat room, or other public website, spell out your entire email address, for example, chesterbeane AT outlook DOT com. This way, a person can interpret your address, but the automated programs that spammers use often can't.

You can greatly reduce your risk from hackers, viruses, and worms if you have a firewall, keep your Windows and Microsoft Office software up to date, and install antivirus and anti-spyware software (and update all routinely).

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