Office 365 (Outlook 2013) - Delete a message

Important: By February 2017, Microsoft will no longer push any updates to Office 2013 suite of applications. Please see the following document for further details: Office 365 - Microsoft Office 2013 path to retirement.

Delete messages you no longer need or want to see in your Inbox or mail folders.

  • In the message list, when you point to or select a message, the Delete icon icon appears. To delete the message, press Delete icon

  • If a message is open in its own window, click Message > Delete.

    Delete icon in message window

When a message is deleted, it's moved to the Deleted Items folder.

If you want to bypass the Deleted Items folder and permanently delete a message, press Shift + Delete or Shift + Delete icon. You won't have an opportunity to change your mind later and recover the message.

Wait! I changed my mind.

If the message you want to keep is still in the Deleted Items folder, drag the message from the Deleted Items folder to another folder. When the Deleted Items folder is emptied for POP3 (Post Office Protocol 3 (POP3): A common Internet protocol that is used to retrieve email messages from an Internet email server.), IMAP (IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol): Unlike Internet email protocols such as POP3, IMAP creates folders on a server to store/organize messages for retrieval by other computers. You can read message headers only and select which messages to download.), and Outlook.com or other Exchange ActiveSync accounts, the message is permanently gone.

There's an exception for some Office 365/Microsoft Exchange Server accounts. Please see recovering deleted message document for further details.

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Keywords:microsoft office 365 2013 client outlook help mail calendaring overview messages searching delete o365 recover   Doc ID:32636
Owner:Ara M.Group:Office 365
Created:2013-08-08 14:30 CSTUpdated:2016-08-22 13:56 CST
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