How to Empty & Delete Email in Outlook 2007


An email application that includes a built-in calendar and access to multiple email accounts, Outlook 2007 also helps manage your Things to Do list and contacts. The program even filters out junk or unwanted emails so the messages don't clog your Inbox. When deleting emails, Outlook 2007 keeps the messages in a holding folder, known as the Deleted Items folder, that is accessible if you accidentally deleted a wanted email. You must manually empty the program's holding folder to clear any messages in the Deleted Items folder.

  • Click the "X" in the upper-right corner of any open messages to close them. Outlook 2007's main interface screen appears with the Mail heading appearing on the left side of the screen.

  • Click "Tools." "Empty 'Deleted Items' Folder."

  • Click "Yes" when the Are You Sure You Want to Permanently Delete the Selected Item(s)? confirmation dialog box appears. Outlook 2007's Deleted Items folder is now empty.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also set Outlook 2007 to automatically delete emails in the Deleted Items folder when you close the program. Click "Tools," "Options." Click the "Other" tab in the Options dialog box. Click the Empty the Deleted Items Folder upon Exiting check box under the General heading. Click "OK" to accept the setting.

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