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Removing junk email in Outlook 2016 for Windows

Learn how to control unwanted messages in Outlook 2016.

At UCL, we tag junk email with {SPAM?} in the subject line. You may notice such messages in your Inbox and these can usually be removed without any need to open them.

In Outlook 2016, email that is identified as possible junk email is also automatically moved to the Junk E-mail folder, and any active content within the message, such as links or executable content within the message are disabled.

You can control unwanted messages in Outlook 2016. Learn how to do this.

Instructions

You need to use the Block or Allow tab to help control unwanted and unsolicited messages by creating and managing lists of email addresses and domains that you trust and those you don't.

1. From the Home tab, click on the Junk button and select Junk E-mail Options… The Junk E-mail Options window will open.

Fig 1. Junk E-mail options location…

Fig 1. Junk E-mail options location
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2. In the Options tab, you can set your level of junk filtering by selecting one of the four junk protection levels.

No Automatic Filtering: No filtering is set but mail from blocked senders will still be moved to the junk email folder.

Low: This setting will move the most obvious junk e-mails to the junk folder.

High: This setting will catch more mail deemed as junk but may also move legitimate emails in the process.

Safe Lists Only: Only messages from people in your safe senders list will be delivered to your inbox. All other e-mails will be moved to the junk folder.

Fig 2. Junk E-Mail options box…

Fig 2. Junk E-Mail options box
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To add a sender to your Safe Senders list

1. To add a sender to your Safe Senders list, select the Safe Senders tab from the Junk E-mail Options window and click the Add… button.

Fig 3. Safe Senders tab…

Fig 3. Safe Senders tab
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2. The Add address or domain pop-up window will appear. Enter your sender’s email address in to the blank field and click OK.

Fig 4. Add address or domain window…

Fig 4. Add address or domain window
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3. Your safe senders list will now populate with the email address you have entered. Repeat this process until you have added all relevant email addresses to your list. On you have finished click Apply and OK.

Fig 5. Illustration of applying Safe Senders settings…

Fig 5. Illustration of applying Safe Senders settings
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4. An alternative way to add user’s to your safe senders list is from your emails, right-click the email from the sender you wish to add and select Junk > Never Block Sender. This will now add the sender to your Safe Senders list.

Fig 6. Illustration of right-clicking and adding a user to Safe Senders…

Fig 6. Illustration of right-clicking and adding a user to Safe Senders
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