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How to automatically empty delete items on close/exit in Outlook?

Alias: outlook remove delete items on exits

For example, you delete an email message in Microsoft Outlook, this deleted email message is moved to the Deleted Items folder.  So that you have to manually empty the Deleted items folder frequently. Here we will show you how to automatically empty the Deleted Items folder when closing or exiting Microsoft Outlook.

Automatically empty delete items on close in Outlook 2010 and 2013

Automatically empty delete items on close in Outlook 2007

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arrow blue right bubbleAutomatically empty delete items on close in Outlook 2010 and 2013

To automatically empty removed items from the Deleted Items folder when you close the Microsoft Outlook, please do as following:

Step 1: Click the File > Options.

Step 2: In the Outlook Options dialog box, please click the Advanced on the left bar.

Step 3: Go to the Outlook start and exit section, and check the option of Empty Deleted Items folders when exiting Outlook.

Step 4: Click the OK button to exit this dialog box.

From now on, the following dialog box will pop up when you close or exit your Microsoft Outlook. If you want to empty the Deleted Items folder, please click the Yes button; if not, please click the No button.

Note:

(1) This method will automatically remove all deleted items in the Deleted Items folders of all email accounts.

(2) This method will remove the subfolders in the Delete Items folders.


arrow blue right bubbleAutomatically empty delete items on close in Outlook 2007

To automatically empty the Deleted Items folder when you are closing the Microsoft Outlook 2007, please do as following:

Step 1: Click the Tools > Options.

Step 2: In the Options dialog box, check the option of Empty the Deleted Items folder upon exiting on the Other tab. See screen shot:

Step 3: Click the OK button to exit the Options dialog box.

Note: This method can only permanently remove all deleted items and subfolders from the Deleted Items folder of default email Data Files.


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    Dianna · 5 months ago
    Worked for me. Thank you.
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    John Spinella · 11 months ago
    Outlook 2019 does not have a "File" "Options". How do I auto delete emails in Outlook 2019?
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    Barry W. Threlkeld · 1 years ago
    ok, I've checked the box and the deleted items still do not clear even on repeated sign outs. What now?
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    gmoPro182 · 3 years ago
    Ok, but how can it be set to do this automatically without that message popping up and hearing the annoying sound? (windows 10 - Outlook 2016).
    I just want the deleted items to get deleted when i close. Dont need a message asking me to do it every time i close the app.
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      FishnMan2k · 3 years ago
      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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      FishnMan2k · 3 years ago
      Here's how you can empty the folder without being prompted.

      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.