How to Disable Outlook's Junk Email Filter

Last reviewed on September 20, 2014

Applies to Microsoft Outlook 2013. Outlook 2010, Outlook 2007

Junk email settings Outlook has a No Automatic Filtering setting in Junk Email Options, which turns off all junk filters but leaves the Blocked Senders List applied to incoming email.

Some users complain that the filter continues to work after setting it to No Automatic Filtering and with the Blocked list empty. Other users prefer to use a different spam filter.

Before disabling the Junk Email Filter, see Dave’s comment below.

For those users who want to disable Outlook’s Junk email filter, there is a registry key that will disable the Junk email filter in Outlook 2007, 2010, and 2013. This key will completely disable the junk filter, including the Blocked list, and disable the Junk email options button. It will not affect third party spam filters.

Disabled Junk mail filter in Outlook 2013When the registry key is set, the Junk button will be grayed out, as seen in this screenshot.

To disable the filter, browse to the following registry key and add the DisableAntiSpam DWORD, setting it to a value of 1. If the key does not exist, you’ll need to create it.

In Outlook 2013, open the registry editor and browse to

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\office\15.0\outlook
DWORD: DisableAntiSpam
Value of 1 disables the junk filter, 0 enables it

In Outlook 2010, browse to

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\office\14.0\outlook

Outlook 2007:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\office\12.0\outlook

Registry editor

Do It For Me

If you don’t want to edit the registry yourself, we have ready-to-use registry files. Download (right-click on the link and choose Save as) then double click to run, answering Ok or Yes as needed.

Outlook 2013Outlook 2010Outlook 2007

Restart Outlook for the registry edit to take effect. The Junk email folder will remain (but should not be created if you make a new default pst file) – you can delete the junk folder using OutlookSpy or MFCMAPI.

To re-enable the Junk filter, edit the reg file in Notepad, replacing the 1 with 0.

To remove the key, Open the registry editor, browse to the value then delete it.

Written by

Diane Poremsky
A Microsoft Outlook Most Valuable Professional (MVP) since 1999, Diane is the author of several books, including Outlook 2013 Absolute Beginners Book. She also created video training CDs and online training classes for Microsoft Outlook. You can find her helping people online in Outlook Forums as well as in the Microsoft Answers and TechNet forums.

Please post long or more complicated questions at Outlookforums.

36 responses to “How to Disable Outlook's Junk Email Filter”

  1. Marie-Therese Riddell

    I did everything mentioned above and my mail still goes to the SPAM Folder.

  2. Dave Offutt

    We use Outlook 2010 and don't want to totally disable Junk Mail Filtering. However we are very frustrated that in spite of the fact we have extensive ilsts of both "Safe Senders" and "Safe Receipients" the filter continues to send the emails to Junk Mail. This causes a tremendoue amout of wasted time having to carefully comb the Junk Mail for ligitimate Client emails.

    Is there any way to fix this, short of totally disabling it?

  3. Martin Zhou

    Diane, the junk e-mail protection level options (No Automatic filtering, low, high, safe list only)in my 2010 outlook are all greyed out. I used to be able to make the choice. Thanks

  4. Boontawee Home

    Thank Diane, this article help me alot!.

  5. superarr

    My drill down in the registry did not reveal the labels that you proposed we change. The only thing I have at that location is the Calendar folder

  6. Rookie

    Thanks for the article Diane, but I am still having some issues with emails going into my junk mail folder. I have done everything I can think can but am still having emails go into the junk mail folder in Outlook 2010.

    List of things tried:
    Turned off automatic filtering in OWA and Outlook
    Reinstalled outlook
    ran scan\repaired on the .pst
    Disabled filtering on exchange for user
    deleted stale rules via mfcmapi (this worked for about 24 hours)
    Tried this registry addition turning off junk mail folder.

    And I am still getting Junk mail! Help! FYI - most of the junk is actually coming from our own domain and it is only happening for 1 user.

    Any help is greatly appreciated!

  7. Paul Williams

    Good morning Diana

    I'm using Outlook 2010 with Windows 8 and I can't stop it putting files into Junk email, even though I have it turned off. I've tried your "Do it for me" file, but all I get is a Notepad file. I can't find any way to edit the registry.

    Thanks

    Paul

  8. Donna

    I have Outlook 7 and I am having the same problems with junk mail.
    I have tried everthig I have read here and nothing works. I have very important emails going to junk and is marked spam.

  9. Jerry

    hi Diane,

    could you explain more details about why outlook junk mail feature still working after set no automatic filtering? is it a bug so we need to disable it in registry?

  10. jb

    Hi Diane. Thank you for your wonderful site and for this solution in particular. I've been a Slipstick reader since the late 1990s - I think I remember when Sue Mosher published her first book and used to subscribe to her email list!

    I have Outlook 2010 on Windows 8.1. I retrieve my email via pop/smtp. This is a new installation on a new OS - my hard drive with Vista finally gave up the ghost. I mention that because I didn't have this problem with this same installation on Vista. I'll add that I had a backup of my pst from vista and am using the same one now.

    I too was having the problem of messages being sent to junk mail even though I had that feature disabled, and yes it was Outlook sending them there. So I ran your registry script and the problem went away!

    The problem now is that images in messages aren't displayed - even images for those in my safe sender's list. In an email, I get the info at the top of the message where I can choose to display images, add sender to safe senders, etc. But no matter what I try, I still can't see the images.

    I assume this is because the registry hack prevents Outlook from accessing safe senders data. Does that compute?

    So I reversed the hack and now I can see images. But I'm guessing the Junk folder will start filling up again eventually. Any suggestions? Thanks!

  11. jb

    I got it! I found the solution on another blog (not sure if you want me to credit it here so I respectfully won't).

    It's a problem for people who have multiple email accounts. I have 6.

    Outlook does Junk filtering on a per-account basis.Here's what you have to do:
    1. Go to account settings and set a different address as default
    2. Disable Junk filtering
    3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you've set it for every account, then set whichever one you want as default again.

    A bit tedious, but it took me less than 5 minutes. And works!

    jb

  12. Gregg

    Is it possible to do the same thing with Outlook 2003? I tried adding the regkey to: HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftoffice11.0outlook but it hasn't worked. Many thanks!

  13. Gregg

    Thanks for your reply, Diane!

  14. Joe Carpenter

    This does not work for Outlook 2013.

  15. ITDawg

    Diane, We are new to Exchange and we continue to return to your site for quick, insightful information straight to the point.. .and for that, we THANK YOU!

    I have one question related to this registry key. Often, applications will look in the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE hive if it does not find the entry in the Current User hive, therefore allowing a single entry to provide the setting for all users of the machine. I did try adding the key to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\Policies\Microsoft\office\15.0\outlook however, it did not affect the Junk feature. Therefore, my question is do you know of a way that a single registry entry will turn this off?

    Thanks!

  16. Dave Birren

    Thank you! The registry entry (under HKEY...Policies) didn't exist, so I followed the "Do It For Me" instructions and it worked. Finally!

  17. Kay Goon

    All my emails are going into the junkmail folder. I've tried to follow instructions from the website but am very confused. Are there simple step by step instructions to help someone who isn't very savvy with computers?

  18. Dave Birren

    After turning Outlook's junk e-mail filer off via the registry mod noted above, the filtering continued. It wasn't quite as bad as before, but almost. After a while it occurred to me that Avast! also has a spam filter. I turned that feature's setting from medium to low filtering but I still got messages in the Junk folder. So I turned it off and turned the Outlook junk feature back on. Now it's working correctly.

    So check any anti-spam program you may have running. It could be the cause. And if you can edit the way that program labels what it calls spam (however it modifies the message's subject line), you'll know if it's the culprit.

  19. Shirley Kennett

    Thanks, Diane, for your suggestion on another forum that if the registry key does not exist, go ahead and create it. This worked perfectly for me, has grayed out the junk email options, and nothing has been sent to my Junk folder--exactly as I wanted.

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