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How to change Deleted Items folder of IMAP accounts in Outlook?

When we add a Gmail account into Microsoft Outlook, all deleted items are stored in the Delete Items folder under the Gmail folder, instead of the Delete Items folder under the root folder of this Gmail account. See screen shot below. That’s quite different from other kinds of email accounts, and many users want to change the Delete Items folder. Here I will show you how to change the default Delete Items folder of IMAP Accounts in Microsoft Outlook.

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To change the default Delete Items folder of IMAP account in Microsoft Outlook 2010, you can do as following:

Step 1: Click the File > Info > Account Settings > Account Settings.

Step 2: In the coming Account Settings dialog box, click to highlight the IMAP account on the E-mail tab, and then click the Change button.

Step 3: In the Change Account dialog box, click the More Settings button.

Step 3: Now you get into the Internet E-mail Settings dialog box,

(1) Go to the Delete Items tab;

(2) Check the option of Move deleted items to the following folder on the server;

(3) Click to highlight the folder that you wish deleted items are stored in;

(4) Click the OK button.

Step 4: Now you return to the Change Account dialog box, uncheck the option of Test Account Settings by clicking the Next button, and then click the Next button and Finish button successively.

Step 5: Click the Close button to close the Account Settings dialog box.

Note: This method only works in Microsoft Outlook 2010.


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    Fred Deeb · 1 years ago
    Thank you that was simple and it worked.
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    Malcolm · 2 years ago
    I have windows 10 and don't have a Deleted Items, Sent Items or General tab in "More Setting"
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    Paul · 2 years ago
    thankyou, the only piece of useful info i could find. Works for outlook 2010 when msgs do not go to deleted folder when deleted from inbox.A+++