Filter junk email and spam in Outlook.com

You can set Outlook.com to automatically move messages identified as spam to the Junk Email folder. Any malware—potentially malicious software or code—is disabled.

Note: 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 individuals email addresses.

Block senders from sending you email

If you're receiving unwanted email, you can block the email addresses and domains you don't want to receive messages from. Add any email address or domain to your blocked senders list to move these messages directly to your Junk Email folder.

Note: Email is automatically removed from the Junk Email folder after 14 days and is not recoverable. For more information, see Restore deleted email messages in Outlook.com.

  1. Select Settings Settings icon > Options > Mail > Junk email > Blocked senders.

  2. Enter the email address or domain that you want to block and select The Add icon .

    A screenshot of the Blocked senders page.

  3. Select Save The Save button. .

  4. To unblock a sender or email address, select the item in the list and then select The Edit icon or The Delete icon .

Stop messages from going into your Junk Email folder

There are times when you don't want messages from a specific person or domain to end up in your Junk Email folder. Messages from addresses or domains on the safe senders list won't get moved to your Junk Email folder.

  1. Select Settings Settings icon > Options > Mail > Junk email > Safe senders.

  2. Enter the email address or domain you want to add, and select The Add icon .

    A screenshot of the Safe senders page.

  3. Select Save The Save button. .

    Tips: 

    • To edit or remove email addresses or domains from the safe senders list, select the item in the list and then select The Edit icon or Remove .

    • To empty your Junk Email folder, select Junk Email in the navigation pane. At the top of the screen, select Delete all.

Junk email filters and reporting options

You can choose how much email Outlook.com filters, if content from unknown senders should be automatically blocked, and whether or not Microsoft is allowed to share your junk email reports with other companies that fight spam.

To set junk email filters and reporting options:

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