2 Quick Ways to Permanently Delete Empty Folders in Your Outlook

By default, when you delete a folder, Outlook will always move it to “Deleted Items” folder. Yet, most of time, you always wish to delete the empty folders permanently without passing the “Deleted Items” folder. Now, this article will help you get it.

When you right click on a folder and choose “Delete Folder”, you’ll find that this folder is only moved to “Deleted Items” folder. However, in many cases, when you delete an empty folder, you exactly wish to delete it permanently without passing the “Deleted Items” folder. If you hope that Outlook can auto identify whether the folder is empty and perform deletion intelligently, you can read on. Here we will teach you how to realize this function.

Permanently Delete Empty Folders in Your Outlook

Method 1: Permanently Delete Folders via “Shift + Delete”

  1. At first, you need to double click on the folder that you want to delete.

Note: In Outlook 2010, you should ensure the selected folder is in blue, not grey, like the following image.Select Folder

  1. Then, press “Shift + Delete” key buttons.
  2. Next, you will get a warning, shown as the screenshot below.Warning
  3. After that, click “Yes” button.
  4. Then, this folder will be deleted permanently. You will not see it in “Deleted Items” folder.

However, many users are not accustomed to using the “Shift + Delete” shortcut. Instead, they hope that Outlook can auto delete the empty folders permanently even though they delete by the standard means. In response to this requirement, here we will introduce another way.

Method 2: Auto Delete Empty Folders Permanently with Help of VBA

  1. To begin with, tap on “Alt + F11” to access VBA editor.
  2. Then, copy the following VBA code into the “ThisOutlookSession” project.
Public WithEvents objDeletedItemsFolder As Outlook.Folder
Public WithEvents objDeletedFolders As Outlook.Folders

Public Sub Application_Startup()
    'Get the "Deleted Items" folder in your default Outlook file
    Set objDeletedItemsFolder = Application.Session.GetDefaultFolder(olFolderDeletedItems)
    Set objDeletedFolders = objDeletedItemsFolder.Folders
End Sub

'When a new folder being added to "Deleted Items" folder
Private Sub objDeletedFolders_FolderAdd(ByVal objFolder As Outlook.Folder)
    'If the folder is empty
    If objFolder.Items.Count = 0 Then
       'Delete it permanently
    End If
End Sub

VBA Code - Auto Permanently Delete Empty Folders

  1. After that, restart Outlook to activate this macro.
  2. Since then, every time when you delete a folder, if the folder is empty, it’ll be always deleted permanently.

Deal with Frequent Outlook Errors

If you have applied Outlook for a pretty long time, you may have come across lots of vexing Outlook issues. It’s an unquestioned fact that Outlook is prone to errors and corruption. This is why Outlook comes pre-installed with a built-in fix tool – Scanpst. It aims to help users to resolve majority of small issues. But, if meeting up with badly serious problems, you’d better take aid of a more powerful utility, like DataNumen Outlook Repair.

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2 responses to “2 Quick Ways to Permanently Delete Empty Folders in Your Outlook”

  1. Couldn’t MSFT just create a command to DELETE EMPTY FOLDERS… so I can group the 250 I have all at once and get it down in one move and one minute rather than pull EACH OF 250 folders up and NO, I don’t want to “re-use” my folders with a different name. Gee whiz MSFT! Thanks for your input though.

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