Outlook Express 6
Outlook Express does not have a junk mail filter built in like Outlook 200x. You can
create rules that will do essentially the same thing.
To create a rule for e-mail messages
1. On the Tools menu, point to Message Rules, and then click Mail.
Message rules cannot be created for IMAP or HTTP e-mail accounts.
2. If this is the first rule you are creating, proceed to step 3. Otherwise, on the Mail
Rules tab, click New and proceed to step 4.
3. Select the conditions for your rule by selecting the desired check boxes in the
Conditions section. (You must select at least one condition.)
You can specify multiple conditions for a single rule by selecting more than one
check box. Click the and hyperlink in the Rule Description section to specify
whether all of the rule conditions must be met before the specified action occurs
(and), or whether at least one must be met (or).
4. Specify the actions for your rule by selecting the desired check boxes in the
Actions section. (You must select at least one condition.)
5. Click the underlined hyperlinks in the Rule Description section to specify the
conditions or actions for your rule.
You can click contains people or contains specific words in the Rule
Description section to specify the people or words you'd like Outlook Express to
look for in messages. If you enter multiple people or multiple words per
condition, use the Options button in the Select People or Type Specific Words
dialog boxes to further customize the condition.
6. In the Name of the rule text box, select the default name or type a new name for
your rule, and then click OK.
• You can create a new rule by selecting an existing one on the Message Rules tab
and clicking Copy. This is helpful when the new rule you want to create is similar
to an existing one.
• You can create a rule from a message by selecting an e-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.
To change a rule
1. On the Tools menu, point to Message Rules, and then click Mail or News,
depending on the type of rule you want to change.
2. Select the rule you want to change, and click Modify.
3. Make your changes in the Edit Rule dialog box, including renaming the rule, and
then click OK.
Blocking unwanted messages
You can control the e-mail and news messages you get in Outlook Express in several
ways. You can block certain people from sending you e-mail, you can hide conversations
that don't interest you, and you can guard against being sent damaging code in e-mail by
setting security levels.
The following topics provide more information:
To block messages from a sender or domain
You can block messages from a particular sender or domain. The domain is the name
following the @ symbol in an e-mail address.
When you block a sender or domain, no e-mail or news message from that sender or
domain will arrive in your Inbox or in the news messages you read. E-mail from blocked
senders goes directly into your Delete folder. Newsgroup messages from blocked senders
are not displayed.
1. From your e-mail Inbox or the list of messages in a newsgroup, select a message
from a sender you want to block.
2. On the Message menu, click Block Sender.
• Blocking a sender applies to standard POP e-mail only. It does not apply to HTTP
e-mail or IMAP messages.
• To remove a sender or domain from the Blocked Senders list, on the Tools menu,
point to Message Rules, and then click Blocked Senders List. Select the sender
or domain, and then click Remove.
To manage the blocked senders list
1. On the Tools menu, point to Message Rules, and then click Block Senders List.
2. To remove a sender or domain from the list, select the name and click Remove.
3. 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 click OK.
4. To add a new sender or domain to the list, click Add. Enter the information in the
dialog box and click OK.
5. Click OK in the Message Rules dialog box to apply rules that have been added or
To set security zones
In Outlook Express, security zones enable you to choose whether or not active content,
such as ActiveX Controls and scripts, can be run from inside HTML e-mail messages.
You can choose a moderate security level that allows most active content to run, or you
can choose a more restrictive security level.
1. On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Security tab.
2. In the Security Zones section, choose an Internet Explorer security zone:
o Choose Internet zone for standard use. It is used by a majority of Outlook
o Choose Restricted sites zone to create a more secure environment.
• You can adjust the security level of these and other zones in Internet Explorer.
The security settings that you make in Internet Explorer also apply to Outlook
Express. In Internet Explorer, on the Tools menu, click Internet Options, and
then adjust your settings on the Security tab.