How to Delete Mail from the Server

December 19, 2008 / Updated: December 19, 2008 / Lena Shore

Are you using Outlook and have ceased to receive email due to your mailbox being full? It could be that your Outlook Express settings are not deleting mail from the server automatically. Here is how to check and fix it.

  • NOTE: These instructions will only delete mail from the server that you have already downloaded to your computer.

These instructions assume you have Outlook Express and already have an email account. If you need to create an email account, go to “Email: Setting Up Outlook Express“. If you don’t have Outlook Express an are using another program to get your email, you should have similar settings.

  1. Go to Tools and then Accounts.
    Go to Tools and then Accounts

    Go to Tools and then Accounts

     

  2. Select your email account from the list.
     
  3. Go to the Advanced tab and check the Delivery section. 
    Uncheck “Leave a copy of message on server”
    Check “Remove from server after 5 days”
    Check Remove from server when deleted from ‘Deleted Items'” 
     
  4. Click “Okay”
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Lena Shore

Lena is a full-time freelancer and nerd that specializes in web development, graphic design, and illustration. She enjoys building things, learning new things, pursuing creative endeavors, and giving free advice.

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