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Reduce Spam in Outlook

    If you have an e-mail account, you will get spam, that unwanted e-mail that clogs millions of inboxes every day with obnoxious offers for mortgage refi­nancing, low-cost prescription drugs, or celebrity pornography. Unless you actually enjoy deleting these messages manually, you can use Outlook to filter your e-mail for you.

    Setting up Outlook's junk e-mail filter

    Outlook can either color-code suspected spam or move it to a special junk e-mail folder automatically. Because Outlook looks for keywords in spam, be aware that it will never be 100 percent effective in identifying spam, but it can identify the more blatant spam and save you time from deleting the messages yourself.

    To turn on Outlook's spam filter, follow these steps:

    1. Choose Go Reduce Spam in OutlookMail or press Ctrl+1.

    Outlook displays the Mail and Inbox panes.

    2. Choose Tools Reduce Spam in OutlookOptions.

    The Options dialog box appears.

    3. Click the Junk E-mail button.

    The Junk E-mail Options dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 19-1.

    Reduce Spam in Outlook

    Figure 19-1:

    The Junk E-mail Options dialog box lets you define how aggressive you want Outlook's spam filter to work.

    4. Select one of the following radio buttons:

    No Automatic Filtering: Turns off the Outlook spam filter.

    Low: Identifies and moves most obvious spam to the Junk E-mail folder.

    High: Identifies and moves nearly all spam into the Junk E-mail folder along with some regular e-mail messages, too, so check the Junk E-mail folder periodically to look for valid messages.

    5. Click OK.

    The Options dialog box appears again.

    6. Click OK.




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