How to Delete a Folder in Outlook Mail at

Delete folders you no longer use and clean up your mailbox

What to Know

  • Right-click the folder you want to remove, select Delete folder, and then select OK in the dialog box.
  • To restore a folder: Select Deleted Items in the Folders pane, then select the folder you want to restore and drag it to the Folders list.
  • To permanently remove folders: Go to Settings > View All Outlook Settings > Mail > Message Handling > Empty my deleted items folder.

This article explains how to delete folders in Outlook on the web at

Delete a Folder in Outlook on the Web at

Any folder that you create in Outlook can be deleted when you no longer need it. The exception is that the default folders such as Drafts, Inbox, and Sent Mail cannot be deleted. When you delete a folder, the email messages in that folder are also deleted.

  1. Right-click the folder you want to delete.

    If you don't see the folder you want to delete, make sure the folders are not collapsed. To display collapsed folders, select the arrow next to Folders.

  2. Select Delete folder.

    right-click contextual menu
  3. In the Delete folder dialog box, select OK.

Restore a Deleted Folder

If you accidentally delete a folder, restore it. Folders that have been permanently deleted cannot be restored.

  1. In the Folders pane, select Deleted Items.

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  2. Select the folder you want to restore.

    You might have to press the arrow next to Deleted Items to expand the folder and see the folder you removed.

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  3. Drag the folder to the Folders list.

Automatically Empty Your Deleted Items Folder can empty your Deleted Items automatically every time you sign out. This permanently removes the folders and email messages you deleted.

  1. In the upper-right corner of the Outlook window, select the Settings gear icon.

  2. Select View all Outlook settings.

    View All Outlook Settings
  3. In the Settings dialog box, select Mail.

    Mail tab in Settings
  4. Choose Message handling.

    Message Handling
  5. Select the Empty my deleted items folder check box.

  6. Select Save.

  7. Close the Settings dialog box when you're finished.

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