Outlook is a convenient e-mail client that organises not only your e-mails, but also your contacts, calendar and to-do list. When you delete any Outlook item, it goes to the Outlook trash folder that's labelled as "Deleted Items." Since it's easy to accidentally delete something in Outlook, moving it to "Deleted Items" instead of deleting it permanently is often very convenient, as you can always recover items from that folder. However, if you want to go ahead and delete everything from the "Deleted Items" folder, it only takes a few steps.
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Select the "Mail" section from the left navigation pane.
Locate the "Deleted Items" folder in the left navigation pane. If you have multiple e-mail accounts in Outlook, click the plus icon next to the account you need to expand the folders within it.
Right-click the "Deleted Items" folder to bring up the options for it.
Select "Empty Deleted Items Folder" and then click "Yes" when Outlook confirms the deletion.
Tips and warnings
- Use AutoArchive to set Outlook to automatically delete old e-mails in "Deleted Items." Right-click "Deleted Items" and select "Properties," then selecting the "AutoArchive" tab. If you select "Archive this folder using these settings" and "Permanently delete old items," you can enter a certain number of days, weeks or months for Outlook to wait before permanently deleting items.