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How to Block Email From Unwanted Senders on Mail 6.2 for Mac

Updated on February 11, 2013
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May has a MA in Creative Writing from Macquarie University, NSW. She spends her days reading, running and fighting chronic writer's block.

Automatically Delete Unwanted Email on Mail 6.2 for Mac

I get thousands of emails every day. Recently I was trying to find a video on something for my daughter and unwittingly added my email address to dozens of sites. Suddenly I was getting emails from everything from home loans to car window tinting. No matter how many times I hit 'Unsubscribe', the emails kept coming.

Fortunately, blocking these emails so that you never have to see them again is simple.

Simple Steps to Automatically Delete Unwanted Messages

  • In your list of received emails, select an email from the sender you want to block.
  • Click on Mail (top left of screen) and select Preferences from the drop down menu.
  • Click on Rules (far right of the little box that pops up).

  • In the box for description, give your email rule a name. This is so that if you want to change/edit it at a later date, it will be easy to find.
  • In the box next to "If" select "Any" or "All" depending on your needs. I select "Any", since I want to delete anything to do with this email address. If you are worried about something you want being deleted, select "All". This means that it has to be from and containing the email address you are blocking, not either/or.
  • Then from the drop down menus below this, select "From" and "Contains". The email address you are trying to delete should already be in the next field if you have selected an email from your list.
  • From the drop down menu under "perform the following actions" select "Delete Message".
  • Then Click Ok.

  • You can add more email addresses to this same rule if you like by clicking on the "+" button next to the email address already added. This will bring up a new row for you to add another address. Otherwise, you can create a completely new rule by repeating all the steps above.

What if I Want to Change My Mind?

  • If you want to change your mind about emails you've chosen to delete, go back to Mail, then Preferences and Rules again.
  • You will see your Rules in a list. Chose from the buttons at the side to Edit or Remove the rule.

I hope you find this helpful.

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    • JPPhilips profile image

      JPPhilips 4 years ago from SC Piedmont Area

      Good advice. Voted u[

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      May Galnou 4 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Hi JPPhilips,

      Thanks so much for reading my hub and taking the time to vote up and comment.

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Well who would have guessed? lol! I never knew that! I have been moaning for months about the amount of unwanted emails that I get, I am going to go and check it out, thanks so much for the great info! nell

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      May Galnou 4 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Hi Nell Rose, Thanks so much for reading my hub and for taking the time to comment. I hope this information helps!

    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      So sick of junk mail.

      Very useful hub.

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