How to Disable the Warning Message or Sound When Permanently Deleting Outlook Items

When you try to permanently deleted Outlook items by “Shift + Delete” key buttons, you will receive a warning message and hear a sound. If you want to entirely disable the message or just disable the harsh sound, you can use the methods in this article.

Sometimes, you may hope to permanently delete some items without passing the “Deleted Items” mail folder. You can select the source items and directly press “Shift + Delete” key buttons. However, at this moment, normally, you will see an Outlook warning message and also hear a harsh warning sound. Some users may think the alert useless as they’ve already confirmed to permanently delete these items. Thereby, they hope to thoroughly disable the warning message or simply turn off the warning sound. In response to this issue, here are respective steps to disable the warning message and sound.

Warning Message When Permanently Deleting Items

Disable Warning message When Permanently Deleting Outlook Items

  1. To start with, launch Outlook and head to “File” menu.
  2. Then you should select “Options” to access “Outlook Options” window.
  3. In the subsequent window, you ought to switch to “Advanced” tab.
  4. Next you can pull the scrolling bar to bottom until locate the “Other” label.
  5. After that, disable the option – “Warning message for confirmation before permanently deleting items”.Disable Warning Message When Permanently Deleting Outlook Items
  6. Eventually click “OK” button to save the changes in the options.

Provided that you hope to keep the warning message but dislike hearing any harsh sounds, you can use the following method to disable the warning sound only

Disable Warning Sound When Permanently Deleting Outlook Items

  1. In the first place, exit Outlook window properly and turn to “Start Menu”.
  2. Then select “Control Panel” in the “Start Menu”.
  3. Next in the popup “Control Panel” window, firstly change the “View by” from the default “Category” to “Small icons”.
  4. Subsequently you can find and click on the “Sound” applet.Find Sound Applet in Control Panel
  5. After that, in the “Sound” dialog box, you should take the following steps:
  • Firstly, switch to “Sounds” tab.
  • Then in the “Program Events” box, you should scroll down until find the “Exclamation” item.
  • After pitching on it, you can turn to the following “Sound” box. Click on it. Next from its drop down list, you ought to select “(None)”.
  • Lastly click “OK” to save the changes and close the dialog box.Disable Warning Sound When Permanently Deleting Outlook Items
  1. Finally you can close the control panel.

From now on, every time you permanently delete Outlook items, even though you the warning message will pop up, you will never hear any harsh sounds. Nevertheless, this change will also affect other programs which are using the “Exclamation” sound.

Recover Deleted Outlook Items

There is no denying that many users must have ever deleted items by mistake. In general, there are several handy ways to recover them. If you’re using exchange account in Outlook, there is a direct “Recover Deleted Items from Server” feature. But if you’re using POP3 account, you can go to the server to check if your deleted items still exist in that Outlook is configured to keep copies on server by default. Plus, you can recur to a stellar Outlook PST email recovery tool, like DataNumen Outlook Repair.

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