Using wildcards in junk email safe senders list



I want to add @* to the safe senders list. This is because the
organisation has many subdomains (not all AD/Exchange) and people running
outlook in cache mode frequently get lagit email sent to their junk email
folder. Rather than adding hundreds of entries eg,, etc I want to add @*

Outlook (2003 and 2007) accepts this as a valid option however testing
proves it has no effect at all and email is still delivered to the junk email

Are wildcards supposed to work in the safe senders list? If not, I feel they
should and would like to recommend this be changed.


Sue Mosher [MVP-Outlook]

No, wildcards are not supported. You'd need to add each subdomain separately.

Sue Mosher, Outlook MVP
Author of Configuring Microsoft Outlook 2003

and Microsoft Outlook Programming - Jumpstart for
Administrators, Power Users, and Developers


Jun 13, 2017
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A ten year old issue. Meanwhile Outlook passed through Ofc 2010v14, 2013v15, up into Office 2016, and still no solution. Apparently Microsoft just hasn't learnt or has unlearned to hear and understand peoples needs or to properly respond to them. You'd wonder why so many people are deeply frustrated and disappointed with them.

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