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Outlook: Creating X-Spam-Level Header to Message Filters

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Adding X-Spam-Level Header to Outlook Message Filter

This document assumes that:

  • you are already logged in Outlook 2003,
  • there is a folder named Spam, which is designated for storing spam messages.


The screen captures below may look different if you are using Outlook XP/2000/98.

  • Outlook 97 does not support rules.
  • Outlook Express from version 4 to version 6 does not support user defined filters.

  1. From Tools menu option, select Rules and Alerts.
    Outlook - Tools Menu Option

  2. In Rules and Alerts, inside E-mail Rules tab, click on New Rule.

    Outlook - New Rule

  3. In Rules Wizard:
    Select Start from a blank rule.
    Highlight Check messages when they arrive.
    Click on Next.

    Outlook - Rules Wizard

  4. Put a checkmark next to with specific words in the the message header.
    In the Step 2: Edit the Rule description section, click on the specific words link.

    Outlook Rules - Specific Words in Header

  5. In the Search Text window:
    • In the Specify words or phrases to search for in the message header, type in X-Spam-Level: XXX
    • Click on Add.

    There is a space between X-Spam-Level: and XXX.

    Outlook Rules - Search for Specific Words in Header

  6. X-Spam-Level: XXX string will be displayed in the Search list.
    Click on OK.

    Outlook Rules - Search List

  7. In the Step 1: Select action(s), put a checkmark next to move it to the specified folder.
    In the Step 2: Edit the rule description, click on specified folder link.

    Outlook Rules - Specified Folder

  8. Select Spam folder under your Inbox and click OK.
    Outlook Rules - Inbox-Spam Folder

  9. Click on the Next.

    Outlook Rules - Specified Folder Completion

  10. In the next window, click the Next.

    Outlook Rules - Exceptions

  11. Click on Finish.

    Outlook Rules - Finish

  12. Click on Apply.

    Outlook Rules - Apply

  13. Click on OK.

    Outlook Rules - Finishing - Ok Button

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