How to Block Junk Mail in Gmail

By Ruri Ranbe

Google's Gmail offers an integrated spam filter that sends suspicious emails straight to the Junk E-mail folder. The filter isn't perfect, though; occasionally, spam might still make it through and reach your inbox. To improve spam detection even further, create personalized filters that block specific email addresses or keywords. You can send filtered messages to the Junk-Email folder or to the trash.

Select the "Gear" icon and then select "Settings" from the drop-down menu. Select the "Filters" tab.

Click "Create New Filter." Enter into the "From" field the email address to block, or enter a keyword into the "Has the Words" field.

Select "Create Filter with This Search." Select "Apply the Label," and then choose "Junk E-Mail" from the context menu or select "Delete It."

Click "Create Filter" to block the applicable email address or messages containing the specified keywords.