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Deleting Messages

If you’re like most of us, you’re going to get many more messages you want to delete than messages you want to keep. Spam—junk mail—is big business and until you learn how to filter out unwanted messages (which is covered in Chapter 15, “Organizing with Microsoft Outlook”), just expect to get lots of messages you don’t want to read.

To delete the unwanted messages (or messages you’ve read and no longer need), select the messages and click the Delete tool on the Standard toolbar or press the Delete key. You also can press Ctrl+D if you like, or choose Delete from the Edit menu. Any way you do it, the messages are sent to the Deleted Items folder and they will remain there (just in case you want to retrieve something) until you empty the folder by choosing Empty “Deleted Items” Folder from the Tools menu. When you choose this command, Outlook displays a message box asking you to confirm that you do, in fact, want to delete the messages. Click Yes to continue and those messages are outta here.


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