When you delete any items in Microsoft Outlook, they are moved to the deleted items folder. Microsoft Outlook has an option to automatically clear deleted items folder when user quits the application. In this tutorial, we will see the steps to enable auto clear deleted items option in Outlook 2016, Outlook 2013, Outlook 2010, Outlook 2007 and Outlook Web Apps.
Outlook 2016, Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2010
Click on the File menu –> Options –> Advanced tab
Under Outlook start and exit section enable the check box with label as Empty Deleted Items folder when exiting outlook. And click OK to save the changes. Now when ever you exit Outlook, the deleted items folder will be automatically cleared.
Automatically clear deleted items in Outlook 2010
In Outlook 2007, the settings can be accessed using Outlook Tools Options menu.
Click Tools –> Options –> Other tab
Select the check box “Empty the deleted items folder upon existing” under the General Section.
Click Apply and then OK to save the changes.
Outlook Web Apps
Outlook Web Apps in Office 365 also has a feature which allows users to automatically the deleted items folder. You can enable this feature using the Options provided as part of the Outlook Web Apps Mail Settings.
Login to Outlook Web Apps and click the Outlook Options.
In the Outlook Options screen, navigate to Mail Settings page.
In the Mail Settings Page, scroll down to Message Options and tick the check box with the label as Empty the Deleted Items folder when I sign out. After making this change, click the Save button available at the bottom of the page. This setting would ensure that all items in the Deleted Items folder are automatically cleared when you sign out from Outlook Web Apps.