How Can I Unblock an Email That I Accidentally Blocked?

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How Can I Unblock an Email That I Accidentally Blocked?
Unblock e-mails from the spam filter by adding them to your Safe Sender list. (Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

If you receive a lot of spam or junk e-mail in your e-mail inbox, you might block the sender to stop future e-mail messages from this address. When you choose to block a sender, Microsoft Outlook automatically moves all e-mails from the sender to the Junk Email folder so that you no longer see them displayed in your inbox. If you accidentally block a legitimate e-mail address, you can reverse this by adding the address to Outlook's Safe Senders list.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

    Unblock From the Junk Email Options

  1. 1

    Launch Microsoft Outlook.

  2. 2

    Click "Junk" under the Delete heading on the "Home" tab of the program's main menu Ribbon.

  3. 3

    Click "Junk Email Options" from the context menu, then click the "Safe Senders" tab.

  4. 4

    Click "Add." Enter the full e-mail address of the sender that you want to unblock and include in the Safe Sender list into the input field. You can also add an e-mail domain, which is the part of the email address following the "@" symbol. This adds all e-mail addresses that include this domain to the Safe Sender list.

  5. 5

    Click the "OK" button to save your changes.

    Unblock From the Junk Email Folder

  1. 1

    Launch Microsoft Outlook.

  2. 2

    Click the "Mail" tab in the left navigation pane.

  3. 3

    Click the Junk Email folder in the folder list for the relevant e-mail account.

  4. 4

    Right-click an e-mail from the sender that you want to unblock.

  5. 5

    Click "Junk Email" from the drop-down menu, then click "Add Sender to Safe Senders List" from the context menu. This unblocks the email address so that e-mails from this address will display in your e-mail inbox again.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also click the "Also Trust Email From My Contacts" check box in step 5 of the first section. Outlook then automatically adds all e-mail addresses in your contacts address book to the Safe Sender list.
  • Most e-mail applications allow you to remove and add senders to the junk e-mail filter list. Check the help documentation for your e-mail program to customise spam filtering.

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