Restore or permanently delete items in an IMAP account

With IMAP (IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol): Unlike Internet e-mail protocols such as POP3, IMAP creates folders on a server to store/organize messages for retrieval by other computers. You can read message headers only and select which messages to download.) folders, you can restore messages that have been marked for deletion. Deleted messages have a line through them. You can also permanently remove deleted messages. When you remove deleted messages, they are deleted from the server and cannot be restored. Removing messages is similar to emptying the Recycle Bin on your Microsoft Windows desktop.

ShowRestore deleted items

  1. Select the deleted message.
  2. On the Edit menu, click Undelete.

To quickly see all your messages that are marked for deletion, on the View menu, point to Arrange By, point to Current View and then click Group messages marked for deletion.

ShowRemove deleted items

  • On the Edit menu, click Purge Deleted Messages.
Applies to:
Outlook 2003