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Filtering Spam in Entourage — Basic

Set up mail filters to decrease junk mail (also known as spam) in your e-mail inbox. This basic form of filtering uses the spam status header to filter junk mail into a separate folder.

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1. Begin creating a new rule.

  • Open Entourage.
  • Select Tools, and then click Rules.
  • Click New.

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2. Specify the header.

  • For Rule name, type Spam
  • Click the arrows next to All messages and select Specific Header.
  • In the field next to it, type X-Spam-Flag
  • In the field next to Contains, type YES in all caps.

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3. Tell it to move messages.

  • Click the down pointing arrow next to Change status, and select Move message.

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4. Create a folder.

  • Click the arrows next to Inbox, and select Choose folder.
  • Click New Folder.

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5. Name the folder.

  • Type Spam in the Name field.
  • Click Create to continue. The new Spam rule will show up in your Rules window.
  • Close the window.

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6. Pay attention to filtered spam.

  • Incoming e-mail that appears to be spam will automatically be moved to the new folder you created.
  • It's possible for legitimate e-mail to be marked as spam.
  • Periodically check the contents of the Spam folder to ensure that this has not occurred before deleting its contents.

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