Empty your Outlook Deleted Items automatically when you quit

By: standss , Feb 22nd, 2011

Here is a simple tip to make Outlook empty your Deleted Items folder automatically each time you quit.

WARNING: I am assuming that you know that the Trash Can is not the same as a filing cabinet… and that once you have deleted an email (and sent it to the Deleted Items folder), you no longer want it!


After you make this simple settings change Outlook will display a message similar to the following every time you close Outlook.

Delete Prompt

In Outlook 2010:

  • Click File.
  • Click Options
  • Select the Advanced tab.
  • Tick the box labelled “Empty Deleted Items Folder when exiting Outlook”.

Outlook Options

  • Click OK

In Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2003:

  • Click Tools
  • Click Options
  • Select the Other tab.
  • Tick the box labelled “Empty Deleted Items Folder when exiting Outlook”.
  • Click OK

I hope this quick tip helps to keep your Outlook data file cleaner and leaner.

One Reply to “Empty your Outlook Deleted Items automatically when you quit”

  1. I have found a way to empty the deleted folder with a single. well really two once you click “yes”. Just right click anywhere that is empty on the tool bar and I think it is under actions. Just drag the command “empty recycle bin” up to the main tool bar and there it is. Just play around with and you can customize icons and all kinds of stuff.

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