Spam Blocking in Microsoft Outlook - The Office Junk Mail Filter
Spam blocking in Microsoft Outlook is turned ON as soon as you install the Microsoft Office package with Outlook. This article talks about the default junk mail filter installed by MS Office 2003 and above, for spam blocking in Microsoft Outlook.
Though Microsoft says spam blocking is automatically turned on for Outlook for 2003 and above, you may want to check the Office junk mail filter if you are using Outlook version 2010. I always find it turned off whenever I reinstall Outlook 2010. It is turned on by default in Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2007.
The Outlook default spam or junk mail filter combines its own algorithms to provide you with an excellent spam filter. This filter reads the incoming messages and based on the subject and content of the e-mail, automatically moves it to Junk folder if needed. At the same time, it converts the message to plain text so that the links are not clickable.
There are four options in the junk mail filter offered by Microsoft Office, for spam blocking in Microsoft Outlook. We will discuss each of them individually below. The user interface of the junk mail filter is same across Outlook 2003, Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010. Only the method to invoke the filter is different.
In Microsoft Outlook 2003, click Tools menu and select Options. On the Preferences tab, click Junk E-Mail.
In Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010, right click on any e-mail in your inbox. Click on Junk in the resulting context menu. In the sub menu that opens, select Junk Mail Options. In Outlook 2010, you can also click on the Junk on the Ribbon interface (Home tab, towards left, next to New Items) and then select Junk E-mail Options to invoke the dialog box for the Office default spam/junk mail filter.