Applies to Microsoft Outlook 2007 and newer
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.
When 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
Value of 1 disables the junk filter, 0 enables it
In Outlook 2010, browse to
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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.
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.
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