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Purge command - items marked for deletion on IMAP

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Posted 5 years ago on January 4th, 2017. Last modified on July 19th, 2019

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Items marked for deletion or the strike-through email title text on IMAP.

What is it? and how to solve it? Automatically and Manually, using Microsoft Outlook's Purge command.

On an IMAP email server, when an item is marked for deletion, it is displayed in strike-through text in the header list. However, in reality that item is not actually Removed from the mail server, it is only marked for deletion. This is where the Purge command comes in handy.

NOTES:

  • You can change the view of IMAP folders so that items marked for deletion do not appear. to do so, on the View > Current View >> Hide Messages Marked for Deletion.
  • If emails are not purged, the marked-to-delete items will remain on server, and might cause exceeding the allotted disk space on your e-mail server.

Manually purge deleted items

To permanently delete the items marked for deletion, do the following:

First of all; click a folder in your IMAP e-mail account.

On the Edit menu, point to Purge Deleted Messages.

 

Automatically purge the deleted items

You can configure Microsoft Outlook so that when you switch between folders, any items you have marked for deletion are purged from the IMAP mail server, automatically.

How to purge deleted items automatically:

  1. First of all, click a folder in your IMAP e-mail account > Edit menu
  2. point to Purge Deleted Messages >  Purge Options (The Internet E-mail Settings opens)
  3. On the General tab, under Purge Options, select the Purge items when switching folders while online check box.

 

And just like that Outlook will automatically take care of the marked for deletion items.


If you have any question, please contact the customer support at PIT Designs.

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