How to block an e-mail address

Updated: 03/01/2018 by Computer Hope

E-mail logoFrom time to time, we all receive unwanted messages via e-mail from various sources. While spam filters continue to improve, they certainly aren't perfect. Furthermore, users may find that even after they've removed themselves from an e-mail listing to which they had previously subscribed, the messages keep coming. To block specific e-mail address, select your e-mail client from the list below and follow the instructions.

Note: Not all e-mail clients are covered on this page. If you have a different e-mail client than the ones listed below, the steps for your client may be similar to one of the listed clients. Review the steps on this page and check if your e-mail client utilizes a similar process for blocking specific e-mail address.

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Google Gmail

Block a sender from a message

  1. Sign into your Gmail account.
  2. Open a message from the sender you'd like to block.
  3. Click the down arrow located on the top-right side of the e-mail.
  4. Select Block "sender name" in the drop-down menu that appears.

View or remove e-mail addresses you've blocked

  1. Sign into your Gmail account.
  2. Click the Settings Icon in the upper-right corner of the screen.
  3. Select Settings from the drop-down menu that appears.
  4. Click the Filters and Blocked Addresses tab near the top of the window.
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Microsoft Outlook

Block a sender from a message

  1. Open Microsoft Outlook.
  2. Open a message from the sender you'd like to block.
  3. Right-click somewhere in the message.
  4. In the drop-down menu that appears, click Junk, and then Block Sender.

Note: Messages from this sender will now be immediately moved to your Junk Email folder.

Add or remove an address on your blocked senders list manually

  1. Open Microsoft Outlook.
  2. Click on Home.
  3. Under the Delete group, click Junk, and then click Junk Email Options.
  4. On the Blocked Senders tab, click Add.
  5. Type the e-mail address of the person or company you'd like to block and then click OK.

Tip: You can unblock an address by double-clicking the entry, then click Edit and Remove.

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Outlook.com

Block a sender from your Inbox

  1. Log into your Outlook.com e-mail account.
  2. Right-click a message from the sender whose address you'd like to block.
  3. In the drop-down menu that appears, select For this sender at the bottom, and then Delete all from...
  4. In the box that appears, click the circle next to Delete all from Inbox and block future email.
  5. Click Sweep.

Add or remove blocked addresses from the settings menu

  1. Log into your Outlook.com e-mail account.
  2. Click the Gear icon in the upper-right corner of the window.
  3. Select Options from the drop-down menu that appears.
  4. In the new window, under the Preventing junk email section, select Safe and blocked senders.
  5. Click Blocked senders.
  6. Type in the address you'd like to block and click Add to list>>.

Tip: To remove an address from being blocked, follow the instructions above, click a blocked sender, and choose <<Remove from list.

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Yahoo! Mail

Delete a sender's messages and send new ones to Spam

  1. Log into your Yahoo! Mail account.
  2. Right-click a message from the sender whose address you'd like to block.
  3. Select Block from the drop-down menu that appears.
  4. Check the boxes next to Send all future emails to Spam and Delete all existing emails.
  5. Click OK.

Add or remove a blocked address from your settings menu

  1. Log into your Yahoo! Mail account.
  2. Move your mouse pointer over the Help gear in the upper-right corner of the window.
  3. In the drop-down menu that appears, select Settings.
  4. In the window that appears, type the address you want to ban, and click Ban.

Tip: You can remove blocked senders by clicking their address in the Banned window and then Remove.

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Mozilla Thunderbird

Block a sender from a message

  1. Open Mozilla Thunderbird.
  2. Open a message from the sender whose address you'd like to block.
  3. Right-click their address at the top of the message and select Create Filter From...
  4. In the Filter Rules window that appears, first give the filter a name. For example, something like "Blocked Addresses" would work.
  5. In the Perform these actions: section, change the box to Delete Message.
  6. Click OK.

Tip: To edit your blocked address list, go to Tools, and then Message Filters...