How to Empty Deleted Items and Junk Folders Fast in

Quickly delete those unwanted messages

What to Know

  • In folders pane, right-click Deleted Items > Empty Folder. Or right-click Junk Email > Empty folder.
  • In the Delete dialog box, select Delete all to confirm.
  • Restore deleted message: Go to Deleted Items > Recover items deleted from this folder select message > Restore.

This article explains how to delete all items in your Deleted Items folder and Junk Email folder on

Permanently Delete All Items in the Deleted Items Folder

When you delete messages in your account, Outlook moves those messages to the Deleted Items folder. Before you rid your account of junk and deleted items, go through them to make sure you haven't missed anything important.

To empty the Junk Email and Deleted Items folders:

  1. Open

  2. In the Folders pane, right-click the Deleted Items folder.

  3. Select Empty Folder.

    Screenshot of right-click menu showing Empty Folder

    To delete email from the Junk Email folder, right-click the folder and select Empty folder.

  4. In the Delete dialog box, select Delete all to confirm that you want to delete everything in the folder permanently.

Restore Deleted Items

If you delete a message by mistake, or if you set up your account to empty the Deleted Items folder when you exit your session, and you want to get an email back, retrieve the message.

  1. Go to the Deleted Items folder and select Recover items deleted from this folder.

    Screenshot of Deleted Items showing Recover Items option
  2. Select the message you want to recover and choose Restore.

    Screenshot of Recoverable Items
  3. Outlook moves the message to the Inbox.

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