Configure Outlook 2007 To Automatically Empty Deleted Items

If you do not regularly clean out your Deleted Items folder in Outlook, it can quickly get out of control in size. When you delete a message from your Inbox, Sent Items or other folder within Outlook, the message is moved to the Deleted Items folder. This is where messages stay until you clean out the folder.

As an alternative, you can configure Outlook to automatically empty the Deleted Items folder when you close the application. You can accomplish this using the steps described below.

  1. Within Outlook, click Options from the Tools menu.
  2. Click the tab labeled “Other.”
  3. Check the Empty the Deleted Items folder upon exiting option.
  4. If you do not want a warning to appear each time the Deleted Items folder is emptied, click Advanced Options and clear the War before permanently deleting items option.

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  • Madden

    nice one! had been trying to find where that was for age!

  • Scott Ficek

    Here is what I want…..I have been trying to figure out how to configure Outlook 2007 to automatically permanently delete everything in my Spam (or another) folder every night.

    And, I want to run a rule automatically every night to delete the newsletters that I get that I put into the deleted folder.

    Any thoughts?

  • Ahmed

    How long does it take to delete the deleted items ?? also by default when you go to “Advanced Option” you will find the Startup option is Inbox .. so shall i leave it as Inbox or press browse to me it Deleted Items instead ?? Thanks and will really do appreciate it ur assistance

  • cory

    In Office 2010, this is here:

    File>Options>Advanced>Outlook start and Exit>Empty Deleted Items folder when exiting Outlook