How to Use the Outlook Report Message add-in
The Report Message add-in works with Outlook 2016 to allow you to report suspicious messages to Microsoft as
well as manage how your Microsoft 365 email account treats these messages.
Messages that your Microsoft 365 email account marks as junk are automatically moved to your Junk Email
folder. However, spammers and phishing attempts are continually evolving. If you receive a junk email in your
inbox, you can use the Report Message add-in to send the message to Microsoft to help us improve our spam
filters. If you find an email in your Junk Email folder that’s not spam, you can use the Report Message add-in to
mark it as a legitimate email, move the message to your Inbox, and report the false positive to help Microsoft
improve our spam filters.
Report a message
If you choose the Report Message button on the ribbon, you’ll see several different options.
▪ Not Junk
If you choose Junk, Phishing, or Not Junk, you’ll have the option to send a copy of the message to Microsoft,
along with your classification of the message. This is optional. To turn off the option to send a copy of the
message to Microsoft, choose Options and then follow the steps listed below.
What’s Junk email?
Junk email messages are typically referred to as spam. These are messages that you don’t want to receive that
may be advertising products you don’t use or find offensive. If you choose the Junk option, a copy of the
message may be sent to Microsoft to help update our spam filters, and the message will be moved from your
Inbox to your Junk Email folder.
Phishing is the practice of luring you into disclosing personal information, such as bank account numbers and
passwords. Often phishing messages look legitimate, but have deceptive links that actually open fake websites. If
you select Phishing, a copy of your message may be sent to Microsoft to help update our filters, and the
message will be moved from your Inbox to your Junk Email folder
What’s a legitimate email?
If you know the sender and you’re expecting the message, or if you receive a message that’s mistakenly marked
as junk, you can use the Report Message add-in to mark the message as Not Junk. This will move the message
from the Junk Email folder back to your Inbox.
Report Message add-in options
Choosing Options from the Report Message button allows you to choose whether messages are automatically
sent to Microsoft when they’re reported as junk or phishing attempts.
Change your Report Message options
- Choose Options from the Report Message button on the Ribbon.
- Select one of the following options:
▪ Always send a copy of the message to Microsoft
▪ Never send a copy of the message to Microsoft
▪ Ask before sending a copy of the message to Microsoft
- Once you’ve made your selection, choose Save. You’ll see the following message in the InfoBar in the
message header confirming your changes were saved successfully.