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How to mark IMAP messages for deletion in Outlook?

Normally when you delete an email, the email will be removed and moved to the Deleted Items folder immediately. However, for the IMAP messages, you can mark for deletion with strikethrough, and keep them staying in the original folder instead of moving to the Deleted Items folder. See screen shot below. In this article, I will describe steps about marking IMAP messages for deletion in Microsoft Outlook.

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To mark email messages of IMAP account for deletion in Microsoft Outlook 2010 and 2013, please do as following:

Step 1: Shift the Mail view, and click to select the IMAP folder in which you will mark messages for deletion.

Step 2: Click the Purge > Purge Options on the Folder tab.

Step 3: Now you get into the Internet E-mail Settings dialog box, go to the Advanced tab (or Delete Items tab in Outlook 2010), check the option of Mark items for deletion but do not move them automatically, and click the OK button to close this dialog box. See screen shot below:


(1) Messages marked for deletion will be deleted permanently when purging.

(2) It’s optional to check the option of Purge items when switching folders while online.

Step 4: Then click the Change View > IMAP Messages on the View tab. See screen shot:

From now on, when you delete messages in the specified IMAP folder of Outlook 2010 and 2013, these messages won’t be moved to Deleted Items folder automatically. Instead, they will be marked for deletion with strikethrough.

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