When you delete messages in Outlook, the messages are moved to the Deleted Items folder. Items in this folder continue to take up space on your computer's hard disk and — if your account is set up to leave copies of the messages on the mail server — in your account mailbox. To free up some disk and mailbox space, you can empty the Deleted Items folder.
If you have multiple e-mail accounts, you may have a Deleted Items folder for each account.
CONTROL, and then in the
folder listThe list of your mail folders visible in the navigation pane, which is the pane on the left side of the main Outlook
window. The folder list is only visible in Mail view., click the Deleted Items folder.
Click Empty Folder.
Some kinds of e-mail accounts, such as
Windows Live HotmailWindows Live Hotmail
accounts are Internet-based mail accounts from Microsoft. Windows Live Hotmail
accounts can be added to Outlook
as POP accounts.
accounts, automatically empty the Deleted Items folder at predefined times.
You can set up a schedule in Outlook
to empty your Deleted Items folder regularly.
IMAPA common type of Internet-based mail account such as Gmail, AOL Mail, and many others. Messages from these accounts appear in folders in the Outlook
folder list, under the name of the account.
accounts offer multiple options for how deleted items are stored and displayed. To set your preferences, on the Tools menu, click Accounts, and then select the IMAP account in the account list. Click Advanced, click the Folders tab, and then next to Trash, select the options that you want.