How to Auto Delete Sent Meeting Cancellations in Your Outlook

After cancelling an Outlook meeting, you may hope to auto delete the sent meeting cancellations from “Sent Items” folder. Now, in this article, we will teach you how to realize it with Outlook VBA.

Every time when you cancel an Outlook meeting which is organized by you, you’ll be requested to send a meeting cancellation to all its attendees. After sending the cancellation, the meeting will be auto deleted from calendar. Yet, the cancellation will be still in the “Sent Items” folder.

Meeting Cancellations in "Sent Items" Folder

More often than not, since the cancellation is also useless for you, in order to keep your “Sent Items” folder clean, you may need to manually delete the sent cancellation. Under this circumstance, you would long for methods to let Outlook auto accomplish it. Thereinafter, we will teach you how to achieve it via VBA. As for how to use VBA, you can refer to “How to Run VBA Code in Your Outlook“.

Auto Delete Sent Meeting Cancellations

  1. To begin with, go to Outlook VBA editor via “Alt + F11”.
  2. Then, copy the following VBA code into “ThisOutlookSession” project.
Public WithEvents objSentFolder As Outlook.Folder
Public WithEvents objSentItems As Outlook.Items

Private Sub Application_Startup()
    Set objSentFolder = Outlook.Application.Session.GetDefaultFolder(olFolderSentMail)
    Set objSentItems = objSentFolder.Items
End Sub

'When a new item gets into "Sent Items" folder
Private Sub objSentItems_ItemAdd(ByVal Item As Object)
    Dim objMeetingCancellation As Outlook.MeetingItem
    Dim objDeletedItems As Outlook.Items
    'If the new item is Meeting Cancellation
    If TypeOf Item Is MeetingItem And Left(Item.Subject, 9) = "Canceled:" Then
       Set objMeetingCancellation = Item
       'Delete it
       'Delete it from "Deleted Items" folder, too
       Set objDeletedItems = objSentFolder.Parent.Folders("Deleted Items").Items
       For Each objItem In objDeletedItems
           If TypeOf objItem Is MeetingItem And Left(objItem.Subject, 9) = "Canceled:" Then
           End If
    End If
End Sub

VBA Code - Auto Delete Sent Meeting Cancellations

  1. After that, move your cursor to the “Application_Startup” subroutine.
  2. Later, press “F5” key button to activate this macro.
  3. From now on, every time when you send out a meeting cancellation, it will be deleted permanently from your Outlook.Meeting Cancellations Are Auto Deleted

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