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How can I add someone to my Safe Senders or Safe Recipients List in Outlook?

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Outlook 2013/2016

You can add either the sender's e-mail address or their domain name to the Safe Senders List.

  1. On the Home menu, click the Junk menu under the Delete page.
  2. Choose the Junk Mail Options feature and choose the Safe Senders tab and click Add
  3. In the Enter an e-mail address or Internet domain name to be added to the list box, enter the name or address you want added, and then click OK.
  4. Repeat step 3 for each name or address that you want to add.

You may work with Safe Recipients and Blocked Senders lists in exactly the same way as above, choosing each heading’s corresponding tab from the list.


Notes about Safe Senders and Safe Recipients

  • If you want your Contacts to be considered safe senders, select the Also trust e-mail from my Contacts check box on the Safe Senders tab. By default, the check box is selected. All e-mail addresses in your Contacts folder will then be used by the Junk E-mail Filter to evaluate messages.
  • If you want people who are not necessarily in your Contacts but are people you correspond with regularly to be considered safe senders, select the Automatically add people I e-mail to the Safe Senders List check box on the Safe Senders tab.
  • If Automatic Picture Download is turned off, messages from or to e-mail addresses or domain names on the Safe Senders and Safe Recipients Lists will be treated as exceptions and the blocked content will be downloaded. To turn off Automatic Picture Download, go to Tools, Trust Center, Automatic Download and uncheck the Don't download pictures automatically in HTML e-mail messages or RSS items. To turn on, make sure same option is checked.
  • If you have existing lists of safe names and addresses, you can import the information into Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 by saving the list into a text (.txt) file with one entry per line, and then importing the list.
  • To quickly add a sender, domain name, or mailing list name to the Safe Senders or Safe Recipients Lists, right-click the message you consider safe, and then on the shortcut menu, point to Junk E-mail, and then click Add Sender to Safe Senders List, Add Sender's Domain ( to Safe Senders List, or Add Recipient to Safe Recipients List.
  • If you are using a Microsoft Exchange Server e-mail account, names and e-mail addresses in the Global Address List are automatically considered safe.

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