How to Disable Outlook's Junk Email Filter

Last reviewed on November 18, 2013

Applies to Microsoft Outlook 2013. Outlook 2010, Outlook 2007

Junk email settings Outlook has a “No automatic filtering” setting but the blocked senders list is 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.

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.

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