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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 email address or their domain name to the Safe Senders List.

  1. On the Home menu, choose the Junk dropdown menu in the Delete area.
  2. Select Junk E-mail Options > Safe Senders > 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 to add; choose 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 check box labeled Also trust e-mail from my Contacts on the Safe Senders tab.  By default, the check box is selected.  All email 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 check box labeled Automatically add people I e-mail to the Safe Senders List on the Safe Senders tab.
  • If Automatic Picture Download is turned off, messages to or from email 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 check box labeled Don't download pictures automatically in HTML e-mail messages or RSS items.  To turn on, make sure the same option is checked.
  • If you have existing lists of safe names and addresses, you can import the information into Outlook by saving the list as a text (.txt) file with one entry per line before 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.  On the shortcut menu, point to Junk E-mail and choose 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 email account, names and email addresses in the Global Address List are automatically considered safe.

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