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Outlook 2010 - Empty the Deleted Items Folder

This article explains how to empty the Deleted Items Folder in Outlook 2010.


Items that you delete are moved to the Deleted Items folder, but are not permanently deleted until that folder is emptied. Over time, the contents of the Deleted Items folder can consume a large amount of your data file or email mail account server storage quota.

The Deleted Items folder appears in the Navigation Pane when you are using the Mail or the Folder List views. Outlook can be configured to automatically empty the Deleted Items folder, or you can manually empty the folder at any time.

Automatically Empty the Deleted Items folder

  1. Click the File tab.
  2. Click Options.
  3. On the Advanced tab, under Outlook Start and Exit, select the Empty Deleted Items folder when exiting Outlook check box.
  4. Outlook Options Advanced Tab
  5. To be notified before the Deleted Items folder is emptied automatically, on the Advanced tab, under Other, select the Prompt for confirmation before permanently deleting items check box.
  6. Advanced Tab Other Options

Manually Empty the Deleted Items Folder

  1. To open the Folder List view, at the bottom of the Navigation Pane, click Folder List or press CTRL+6.
  2. Right-click the Deleted Items folder, and then click Empty Folder. You can also do this procedure in Mail, in the Navigation Pane.

See Also:

Outlook 2010 - Recover Deleted Items



Keywords:trash, email   Doc ID:18145
Owner:Dan K.Group:University of Chicago
Created:2011-04-14 19:00 CDTUpdated:2017-05-22 09:40 CDT
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