Delete all email in Outlook.com

Time to start fresh? You can delete all the email messages from your inbox in just a few steps.

Choose your version for instructions

The instructions are slightly different depending on whether or not you're using the Outlook.com beta. Choose which version of Outlook.com you're using to see the instructions that apply to you.

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A screenshot of the top left corner of the Outlook.com beta mailbox

See Instructions for the Outlook.com beta.

A screenshot of the top left corner of the classic Outlook.com mailbox

See Instructions for classic Outlook.com.

Instructions for the Outlook.com beta

Delete all email from your inbox

  1. Sign in to Outlook.com.

  2. At the top of your inbox, above the message list, hover until a check box appears. Then select the check box to highlight the messages on the page.

    A screenshot of the check box above the message list

  3. Select Delete. All your email will be moved to the Deleted Items folder.

    A screenshot of the Delete button

  4. To permanently delete the messages, right-click the Deleted Items folder and select Delete all.

Instructions for classic Outlook.com

Delete all email from your inbox

  1. Sign in to Outlook.com.

  2. At the top of your inbox, above the message list, hover until a check box appears. Then select the check box to highlight the messages on the page.

    A screenshot of the check box above the message list

  3. In the reading pane, choose Select everything and then select Delete. All your email will be moved to the Deleted Items folder.

    A screenshot of the option to Select everything

  4. To permanently delete the messages, right-click the Deleted Items folder and select Delete all.

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