Blocking and Filtering mail in Outlook Express
To block messages from a sender
You can block messages from a particular sender. When you block a
sender, no e-mail or news message from that sender will arrive in
your Inbox or in the news messages you read. E-mail from blocked
senders goes directly into your Delete folder. (If you need to
have messages automatically deleted from the server see
Advanced Filtering below).
From your e-mail Inbox or the list of messages in a newsgroup,
select a message from a sender you want to block.
• On the Message menu, click Block Sender.
To manage the blocked senders list
• On the Tools menu, point to Message Rules, and
then click Block Senders List.
• To remove a sender or domain from the list, select the name and
• To change a sender's name or domain on the list, select the name
and click Modify. Make your changes in the dialog box and
• To add a new sender or domain to the list, click Add.
Enter the information in the dialog box and click OK.
• Click OK in the Message Rules dialog box to apply
rules that have been added or changed.
Messages Rules can also be used to filter large volumes of
incoming e-mail more efficiently by automatically sorting messages
into different folders and also to delete messages automatically
from the server.
To Create a Filtering rule
On the Tools menu, point to Message Rules, and then click Mail,
and then New.
Select the conditions for your rule by selecting the desired check
boxes in the Conditions section. You must select at least
one condition, for example ‘Where the From line contains people…’
Select the actions for your rule by selecting the desired check
boxes in the Actions section. You must select at least one
action, such as ‘Copy it to the Specified Folder…’
of the available actions is ‘Delete it from Server’. This
can be used to block mail from a dubious source from ever reaching
Creating Rules from a message.
can create a rule from a message by selecting a mail message in
the main window and then on the Message menu clicking
Create Rule from Message. This helps by automatically
filling in the name of the person on the From line; no other
information from the message, however, is entered into the rule.