Empty the Deleted Items folder in Outlook 2016 for Windows

Items that you delete are moved to the Deleted Items folder, but they aren’t 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 server storage quota.

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 folders when exiting Outlook check box.

  4. 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.

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Manually empty the Deleted Items folder

  • In the Mail pane, right-click the Deleted Items folder you want to empty, and then click Empty Folder.

    You can also do this procedure in Folders view, in the Folders pane.

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