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How to Filter SpamAssassin Mails in Outlook Express

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This is a three-part tutorial. If you are using Outlook Express please read on; for Outlook read our article on How to Filter SpamAssassin Mails in Outlook.  If you have access to Cpanel and wish to configure SpamAssassin, read our tutorial on How to Configure SpamAssassin.

Outlook Express

To get things started, contact us and let us know that you’re using Outlook Express and that you’d like your spam filter installed. When you’re ready, open Outlook Express, and go to Tools -> Message Rules -> Mail:

 tools message rules

In the next window, under “1. Select the Conditions for your rule:”, place a check mark next to “Where the subject line contains specific words”:

subject line contains

Next, under “2. Select the Actions for your rule:”, place a check mark next to “Move it to the specified folder”:
move to folder

And finally, under “3. Rule Description” click on contains specific words:

contains specific words

That will pop-up the window shown below.  Enter the phrase “***SPAM***” and click “Add”:

add spam

You’ll see “***SPAM***” appear in the box below. Click “OK”:

spam added

Next you want to click on specified in the window below:

specified folder

That will pop up the window below. Here you’ll want to expand “Local Folders” and select the “Junk” folder. Alternatively, click “New Folder” to create a new junk folder:

junk folder

Click “OK” when you have selected your junk folder. As a last step, you’ll want to name your rule to something like “SPAM”:

name rule

Click “OK” once you’ve named your rule. Now all that’s left is clicking “OK” on the screen below to save your rule:

last step

Voila! You just successfully created a rule that will filter all mail identified as spam into a junk folder in Outlook Express. Remember to check the folder on occasion to confirm that legitimate emails are not being incorrectly flagged as spam. If too many legitimate emails are being incorrectly flagged as spam, reduce the power of your filter. Alternatively, if too much spam is still getting through, increase the power of your filter.


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