Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Filtering Junk E-Mail
Blocked Senders: This is the opposite of the two preceding choices:
Messages from the addresses or domains on this list are always treated
as junk e-mail.
International: Quite a lot of spam comes from overseas. You might see a
seemingly endless stream of spam from senders whose e-mail addresses
end in strange letters, such as Those odd letters
at the end of the address are called top-level domains, and they indicate
the country of origin of the sender. For instance, ru is the top-level
domain for Russia — a common source of spam these days.
If you receive frequent spam from some of these top-level domains, you
can have Outlook automatically send all incoming messages from them
directly to the Junk E-Mail folder. Click the Blocked Top-Level Domain
List button and select top-level domains; see Figure 6-7. Similarly, if you
get lots of spam in foreign languages, you can have Outlook ban those
messages as well. Click the Blocked Encoding List button and select the
respective languages.
Figure 6-7:
messages from
in specific
with the
Domain List
dialog box.
If you regularly get legitimate mail from senders whose messages use
a particular top-level domain, you don’t want to block that domain —
even if you get lots of spam from it. The same goes for messages that
are encoded with foreign language sets — don’t block languages that are
used by legitimate senders.
Adding an individual to your Blocked Senders list is pretty simple:
1. When you get a message from someone you don’t want to hear from
anymore, select the message.
2. Click the Junk button on the Home tab of the Ribbon.
3. Choose Block Sender.
This same method works for adding people, domains, or groups to the
Safe Senders and Safe Recipients lists. Just select the message, click the
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