Simple Steps to Configure Outlook Custom Spam Filter

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If you use Microsoft Outlook for your email, you know that spam can be a big problem. Fortunately, Outlook has a built-in spam filter that can help block unwanted messages. However, this filter is not perfect and you may still find some spam slipping through. In this post, we’ll show you how to configure Outlook’s spam filter to give you the best possible chance of keeping your inbox clean. We’ll also share some tips for identifying and reporting spam so that Outlook can continue to improve its filtering capabilities.

What is spam?

Spam is unwanted or unsolicited email. It’s often sent in bulk, and it can be difficult to filter out without the proper tools. Outlook’s custom spam filter can help you keep your inbox clean and tidy by blocking spam before it ever reaches you.

To configure Outlook’s custom spam filter, open the program and go to the “Junk Email” tab. From there, you can select which types of email you want to block. You can also add specific sender addresses and domains to your blocked list. Once you’ve made your selections, click “OK” to save your changes.

With Outlook’s custom spam filter in place, you can rest assured that most spam will never make it to your inbox. And if any does slip through, you can quickly mark it as junk and move on with your day.


How to create a custom spam filter in Outlook

Assuming you’re using Outlook 2016, the first step is to click on the File tab. Then, click on Options in the left-hand column. A new window will pop up; click on Mail in the left-hand column of this new window. Next, scroll down to the Junk Email section and click on the hyperlink that says “Safe and blocked senders.” A new window will pop up; click on the Blocked Senders tab. In the box labeled “Blocked Senders,” enter the email address or domain that you want to block. Once you have entered the desired information, click on the Add to List button. You can also add addresses to your Safe Senders list in this same window; simply enter the email address or domain in the box labeled “Safe Senders” and click on the Add to List button.


What are the benefits of creating a custom spam filter?

When you create a custom spam filter for your Outlook account, you can specify the types of email messages that you want to receive in your inbox. This can be very helpful if you are receiving a lot of spam email from a particular sender or domain. You can also add specific keywords or phrases to your custom spam filter so that only email messages containing those keywords will be delivered to your inbox.


How to configure your Outlook custom spam filter

Assuming you have Outlook open, the first thing you’ll want to do is click on the “File” tab. From there, click on the “Manage Rules & Alerts” option near the bottom of the menu.

Next, under the “Rules and Alerts” dialog box, click on the “New Rule…” button. This will open up the “Rule Wizard”.

For this guide, we will be choosing the first option under “Start from a blank rule”, which is titled “Check messages when they arrive”. Click “Next” to continue.

On the next page, make sure that the first box is checked and then click “Next”.

Now we need to select our conditions. For this guide, we will be selecting two: The first condition checks for specific words in the message header and body, while the second looks for messages sent to a large number of recipients. To do this, check both of the options under “Step 1: Select condition(s)” and then click “Next”.

Now we need to specify what those conditions are. For our first condition, we will be checking for specific words in either the message header or body. In order to do this, select the drop-down menu next to “header:contains” and change it to



That’s it! You have now successfully configured your Outlook custom spam filter. This will help you to keep your inbox clean and organized, and ensure that only the emails that you want to see are delivered to your inbox.