How to Disable Outlook Confirmations When Deleting Emails

Dave LeClair 16-05-2016

Do you permanently delete a lot of emails Let Outlook Rules Manage Your Email Inbox Clever alerts and filters can help you stay on top of your email inbox. Outlook desktop and offer a feature called "rules" and we'll show you how to set it up. Read More in Outlook, thus ending up having to confirm your decision over and over?


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If you frequently get rid of emails forever, and you aren’t worried about mistakes, here’s how to disable that confirmation box, and save yourself some valuable time.

First, click File on the main Outlook window. From there, click Options on the left side of the screen. Now, click Advanced and scroll down to the Other section. Uncheck the box “Prompt for confirmation before permanently deleting items.” Last, click OK, and you’re all done.


Just remember, these emails will gone forever, so give it a little thought before you click that button!


Do you delete your emails forever, or do you prefer to keep them just in case? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Lissy Shaji
    May 9, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Can't access my Watsaap account, by mistake deleted

  2. Anonymous
    May 16, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Sorry, Out Of Topic.

    I Understand ( I Really Do Not ) The Need To Moderate Comments Even From Long Standing Users.

    But, At Least, Some Weeks Ago, The Users Were Warned That Their Comment Was Waiting For Moderation.

    Now, The Comments System Says Absolutely Nothing, At All - The Comment Just Disappears.

    I Think It Would Be On The Best Interest, Of Everyone Involved, If The Old Settings Came Back, But That Is Just Me.

    Thank You.

  3. Anonymous
    May 16, 2016 at 2:00 pm


    You Can Delete Emails In Bulk In Either Of Them, So The Confirmation Is A Blessing.

    It Would Take Me 4 ( Four ) Consecutive Mistakes To Accidentally Delete Any Email Forever.