Empty the Deleted Messages Folder Quickly in Mac OS X Mail

Mac OS X Mail doesn't immediately purge a ​message when you use the​ Delete button. Instead, trashed messages are collected in a special folder called — ​​Trash.

This is a great safety net, but eventually, you should empty that trash to recover the disk space used by them.

Empty the Deleted Messages Folder Quickly in Mac OS X Mail

A fast way to empty the Deleted Messages folder in Mac OS X Mail is via the keyboard:

  • Press Command-Shift-Backspace.
    • In Mail 1, 2 and 3, press Command-K.
  • Click Erase or OK.