How to Add Wildcards to Block Email Addresses

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How to Add Wildcards to Block Email Addresses
Block unwanted e-mail with wild cards. (E-mail Concept image by wayne ruston from Fotolia.com)

With the increase of spam, it's difficult to weed out unwanted e-mail from your inbox. Wild cards provide a way to manage and filter e-mail. A wild card includes an asterisk, representing a character or string of characters. You may add the wild card before or after the "@" sign in an e-mail address. You can customise the wild card and check for specific text, numbers or other characters in the sender's name or in the domain name.

Skill level:
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Instructions

  1. 1

    Select "Tools" and "Organize" from the toolbar.

  2. 2

    Select "Junk e-Mail" in the "Ways to Organize Inbox" task pane (above the email messages).

  3. 3

    Press the "Turn on" button to enable the junk messages or adult content messages feature.

  4. 4

    Select "click here" and "Edit Junk Senders" or "Edit Adult Contents Senders."

  5. 5

    Click "Add" in the "Edit Junk Senders" or "Edit Adult Senders" dialogue box.

  6. 6

    Enter a wild card in the "Sender" dialogue box. To block all e-mails from a domain, type: "senders@." To block all e-mails containing a specific name, type: "@domain.com." To block part of the sender's name, such as the name, "sarahholland@spammer.com" type: "sa*@spammer.com."

  7. 7

    Click "OK."

  1. 1

    Select "Tools," "Message Rules" and "Blocked Senders List" from the toolbar.

  2. 2

    Click "Add" in the "Message Rules" dialogue box.

  3. 3

    Type in the wild card (see step six of the "Microsoft Outlook" section) you want to introduce.

  4. 4

    Select "Mail messages" and click "OK" twice.

  1. 1

    Log in to your account and select "Options" and "Mail Options" from the top, right section.

  2. 2

    Select "Filter" from the left pane. Then click "Add Filter."

  3. 3

    Enter a wild card in the "sender" text field (see step six, "Microsoft Outlook" section).

  4. 4

    Choose "Spam" for "Move to Folder" and click "Save Filters."

  5. 5

    Go to the "Block Email Addresses" section. Then type a wild card into the "Add a blocked address" text box and click "Add."

  1. 1

    Log in to your account and select "Settings" from the top, right section.

  2. 2

    Select the "Filters" tab and choose "Create a new filter."

  3. 3

    Enter a wild card in the "From" text field (see step six, "Microsoft Outlook" section).

  4. 4

    Click "Next Step."

  5. 5

    Checkmark "Delete it" and click "Create Filter."

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