Delete email in Outlook.com

You can delete email messages from your inbox in just a few steps.

Delete an email

A screenshot of the Delete button  

  1. In your inbox, select the message you want to delete.

  2. Above the reading pane, select Delete.

If you're using a mobile browser, swipe left on a message to delete it.

Delete all email from your inbox

  1. In your inbox, select the check box above the message list.

    A screenshot of the check box above the message list

  2. In the reading pane, select Empty folder. All your email will be moved to the Deleted Items folder.

    Note: If you have Focused inbox selected, you will only empty your Focused inbox. Select your Other inbox to empty that too.

If you're using a mobile browser, press and hold a message to select it, tap Select All at the top of the screen, and select the trash icon to delete all selected messages. 

Empty your Outlook.com Deleted Items

To empty your Deleted Items folder:

  1. Under Folders, select Deleted Items.

  2. Above the message list, select Empty folder.

If you're using a mobile browser, press and hold a message to select it, tap Select All at the top of the screen, and select the trash icon to delete all selected messages.

To permanently purge all of your Deleted Items you need to also delete all of your recoverable items:

Note: You can't access the recoverable items folder if you're using a mobile browser. To access the recoverable items folder, please use a PC or Mac.

  1. Under Folders, select Deleted Items.

  2. At the top of the message list, select Recover items deleted from this folder.

  3. Select Empty folder.

    Warning: Items removed from your recoverable items are permanently deleted and cannot be restored.

Unsubscribe from newsletters or promotions

If you want to stop receiving newsletters or promotions, you can unsubscribe using Outlook.com.

  1. In your inbox, select a newsletter or promotional email.

  2. At the top of the reading pane, select Unsubscribe.

    A screenshot of the Unsubscribe button

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