How to Empty Deleted Items on Exit in Outlook 2013

Outlook 2013 comes with some default settings that are going to be fine for some users, but many people that use Outlook every day will eventually discover that there is something about the program’s behavior that they would like to modify.

Whether that involves changing the frequency with which Outlook 2013 checks for new messages, or using a different message format for new messages, it is very likely that you find a setting that you want to adjust.

One item over which you have control is the way that Outlook handles messages and objects that you have sent to the Deleted Items folder.

You may have noticed that emails or contacts that you thought had been deleted are still hanging around in that folder.

If you would prefer that Outlook 2013 automatically delete those items for you, then continue reading below to see how you can configure Outlook 2013 to do so.

Here is how to empty the Deleted Items folder when you close Outlook 2013 –

  1. Open Outlook 2013.
  2. Click the File tab.
  3. Click the Options button.
  4. Click the Advanced tab.
  5. Check the box to the left of Empty Deleted Items folders when exiting Outlook, then click the OK button.

These steps are repeated below with pictures –

Step 1: Open Outlook 2013.

Step 2: Click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window.

click the file tab

Step 3: Click the Options button in the column at the left side of the window. This is going to open a new window called Outlook Options.

click the options button

Step 4: Click the Advanced tab in the left column of the Outlook Options window.

click the advanced tab

Step 5: Locate the Outlook start and exit section of the menu, then check the box to the left of Empty Deleted Items folders when exiting Outlook. Click the OK button at the bottom of the Outlook Options window when you have finished.

empty deleted items folder on exit in outlook 2013

Now Outlook 2013 will automatically empty the Deleted Items folder each time that you exit the Outlook program.

If you are using Outlook 2010, then you can change a similar setting to accomplish the same goal. Learn how to have Outlook 2010 empty your Deleted Items folder when you close the program.

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