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Delete Deleted Emails

Monday, November 22nd, 2004 by | Filed Under: E-Mail Help

Is there a way to empty my deleted e-mails from the Deleted Items bin all at once or do I have to do it just one at a time?

Sounds like you’re using Outlook or Outlook Express. If that’s the case, just right-click the Deleted Items bin, Empty Deleted Items Folder . That’ll do it. Most e-mail clients work in a very similar fashion – if they use a recycle bin type folder like Outlook Express does.


However – if your e-mail program doesn’t have that handy little right-click-and-empty feature there may still be hope. Go into the Deleted Items folder (or the equivalent for your software) and hit CTRL-A . That should select everything in that folder. From there, just hit Delete .

What if you want to keep your deleted stuff that’s less than, say, one week old? Well, you can do that too.

Click the oldest message and scroll down to the last one you want to remove. Next, hit your Shift key and click the message. Everything between the first e-mail you clicked and the last should be highlighted. A quick little tap of the Delete button and it’s all over.

Finally, if you haven’t emptied that deleted item folder for awhile, remember that it can get HUGE and take up a ton of hard drive space. So, empty regularly – and be careful not to delete important stuff – like this newsletter :-)

— Steve

One Response to “Delete Deleted Emails”

  1. Lawrence Scribner says:

    I have aol mail not sure what version I have but my deleted mail is saved for ten days after I delete it I do not want my deleted mail saved my Girl Friend has somehow gotten into Aol’s deleted history folder and pulled up and printed some of my emails where I had dealt with some scammers she hasb gotten really upset at me and we almost broke up I can not figure how she did this In think her son a computer Engineer told her how to do it. How can I get into that folder and clean it out every day?

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