Deleting items from your inbox and other locations in Outlook will send those items to a separate Deleted Items folder. However, depending upon your current Outlook settings, those items may not actually be deleted, meaning that you can find them again if necessary. But, if you find that your deleted items are taking up a lot of space, then you can go and manually delete them. Before doing so, however, Outlook will prompt you for confirmation to make sure that you mean to permanently delete these items.
If you find that this confirmation prompt is causing problems, or is needlessly slowing you down, then you have the ability to disable it. Out article below will point you to that setting so that you can turn it off and prevent Outlook from asking you to confirm before deleting items permanently.
How to Stop Outlook from Asking You For Confirmation Before Permanent Deletion
The steps below are going to stop outlook from asking you for confirmation before you permanently delete something. For example, when you empty the deleted items folder, Outlook will display a popup window asking you if you are sure that you wish to permanently delete these files. Following the steps below will prevent that confirmation from appearing.
Step 1: Open Outlook 2013.
Step 2: Click the File tab at the top-left of the window.
Step 3: Choose the Options button in the left column.
Step 4: Select the Advanced tab in the column at the left side of the Outlook Options window.
Step 5: Scroll to the bottom of this menu and click the box to the left of Prompt for confirmation before permanently deleting items. Click the OK button at the bottom of the window to apply the change.
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