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How to Mark an Email as Spam in Mail for Windows 10

How to Mark an Email as Spam in Mail for Windows 10

You can delete junk email and train your spam filter, too: find out below how to mark an email as spam in Mail for Windows 10.

First, 1 Junk = 5,000 Baskets of Pepper

When famed Venetian merchant and explorer Marco Polo described Chinese vessels around 1300, it was in terms of pepper baskets that he related their size: “They [junks] are indeed of great size, for one ship shall carry 5000 or 6000 baskets of pepper.”

“Move to junk” some 5,000 times per week? Reads familiar:

How to Mark an Email as Spam in Mail for Windows 10

To move an email to your account’s “Spam” or “Junk” folder (and so both remove it from view, have it deleted automatically after a while and train the account’s spam filter) in Mail for Windows 10 without even opening the email:

  1. Click on the message you want to mark as spam with the right mouse button.
  2. Select Move to Junk from the context menu that has appeared.

You can also open the message first, of course, to inspect it:

  1. Open the message you want to move to the spam folder.
  2. Click the Actions button (•••) in the message’s toolbar.
  3. Select Move to Junk from the menu that has shown.

How to Mark an Email as Spam in Mail for Windows 10: FAQ

Is a keyboard shortcut available for marking an email as junk in Mail for Windows 10?

No.

Unfortunately, no built-in keyboard shortcut exists for marking mail as spam in Mail for Windows 10.

As an alternative, you can access the toolbar using the keyboard:

  1. Press Alt.
  2. Now press (right arrow) until Move to Junk is highlighted in the toolbar.
    • If you do not see Move to Junk in the toolbar:
      1. Press (right arrow) until ••• (Actions) is highlighted.
      2. Now press Enter.
      3. Press (down arrow) until Move to Junk is highlighted in the toolbar.
  3. Press Enter.

Can I mark emails as spam with email accounts set up using POP?

No.

Mail for Windows 10 does not include a spam filter itself. If you mark an email as spam, it is typically moved to your email account’s “Spam” or “Junk” folder to train the filter. This works with Outlook, Exchange and IMAP accounts; here, marking as spam is useful.

With email accounts set up using POP, all emails are handled locally in Mail for Windows 10. To get rid of individual junk emails, delete them. To train your email account’s spam filter, you may be able to open the account in a browser and mark the message as spam using the web interface.

(How to mark an email as spam in Mail for Windows 10 tested with Mail 17.8827 for Windows 10; updated February 2018)

Heinz Tschabitscher

Heinz Tschabitscher

Has been writing about email, communication and technology in an engaging and informative manner since 1997. Find out more.