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How do I delete email folders?

It is certainly in your interests to delete old email and old folders, otherwise you may run short of mailstore space.

The method will vary according to the application you use for email:


Right-click on the folder name in your list of folders,  and click on Delete folder from the drop-down menu:

Outlook 2010 delete folder

Click on Yes to confirm the removal of the folder:

Outlook 2010 confirm delete folder

Note that the folder and its contents is not removed completely at this stage.  It is moved to your Deleted Items folder and will still use the same amount of mailbox space as before.  To remove it completely, right-click the Deleted Items folder and choose Empty Folder from the drop-down menu.

OUTLOOK WEB APP (OWA) - webmail for staff students

Right-click on the folder name and choose Delete from the drop-down menu.


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Created by Andy Clews on 27 July 2001 and last updated by Alexander Butler on 5 December 2017