When you delete an item from your inbox in Outlook.com, it gets moved to the Deleted Items folder. That item will remain in that location for a short period of time, after which it will be permanently deleted. This gives you the ability to restore a message if you decide later that you want to keep it.
But that also means that any email that contains sensitive information would be accessible to anyone with your Outlook.com sign in information, and you might be concerned about that. One thing that you can do is change a setting in Outlook.com so that it will automatically empty your deleted items when you sign out. Our tutorial below will show you where to find this setting so that you can use it.
How to Empty Deleted Items on Sign Out in Outlook.com
The steps in this article were performed on the desktop version of Google Chrome. Once you complete these steps you will have changed a setting in Outlook.com that will cause it to empty your deleted Items folder whenever you sign out. This means that any message that you move to the Deleted Items folder will be deleted permanently after you sign out of your account.
Step 1: Go to https://www.outlook.com and sign into the Outlook.com account for which you would like to automatically empty the Deleted Items folder on sign out.
Step 2: Click the gear icon at the top-right of the window.
Step 3: Choose the View full settings link at the bottom of the menu.
Step 4: Select the Message handling tab at the center column of the menu.
Step 5: Check the box to the left of Empty my deleted items folder, then click the blue Save button at the top-right of the menu to apply the change.
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