Software & Apps MS Office How to Hide Strikethrough Messages in Outlook When "Delete" doesn't actually mean immediate deletion Share Pin Email Print MS Office Outlook Word Excel Powerpoint By Heinz Tschabitscher Writer A former freelance contributor who has reviewed hundreds of email programs and services since 1997. our editorial process Heinz Tschabitscher Updated September 23, 2019 102 102 people found this article helpful In IMAP accounts, messages are neither deleted immediately when you press the Delete key nor moved to a Trash folder. Instead, these messages are "marked for deletion" until you purge the folder. Messages that are marked for deletion in Microsoft Outlook are grayed out with a strikethrough line but are still visible. If you don't want to see these messages, tell Outlook to hide these messages. Instructions in this article apply to Outlook 2019, Outlook 2016, Outlook 2013, Outlook 2010, and Outlook for Office 365. Hide Strikethrough Messages in Outlook Configure Outlook to hide deleted messages from IMAP folders rather than showing these messages with a line through the text. Open the folder where you want to hide strikethrough messages, such as the Inbox folder. Go to the View tab. In the Current View group, select Change View. Select Hide Messages Marked for Deletion. Select Apply Current View to Other Mail Folders if you want this change to work with your other email folders and subfolders. If the Preview pane is turned off during this change, select View > Reading Pane to enable it.