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Multiple delete in Microsoft Outlook Web Access

How do you delete all messages in a folder in Outlook, preferrably through Web Access?

I left my Outlook account unattended for several days (on vacation) and when I got back I found several folders with over 5k emails, mostly error logging or spam. When I try to open the Outlook client, it just locks up, presumably unable to download that many emails. I can view at most 100 emails at a time, but I can't select all emails to delete or permanently delete them immediately, so manually deleting this many emails is going to take a while.

Gmail has a similar feature to select and delete all emails in a folder, and that's free so I figure being a quality non-free product from Microsoft, Outlook should have a similar feature (yes that's sarcasm). I've Googled, but I'm not finding anything. Is this possible?

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marked as duplicate by studiohack Mar 3 '12 at 1:42

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Just right click on the desired folder and select Empty Folder

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Like dean said, you can hold Ctrl to select single items or even Shift to select multiple items.

I haven't used OWA in a long time but a little trick I used to do in Firefox was to use this javascript bit to select all of the checkboxes

javascript:var f=document.activeElement.childNodes1.contentDocument;var c=f.all['MsgID'];var i;for(i=0;i

type it in the address bar and hit enter, it should select all of the checkboxes.

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Selecting multiple items isn't the problem. Checking the top-most checkbox selects/unselects all on the page. The problem is OWA only shows you a maximum of 100 emails. Javascript can't select emails that aren't listed on the page. – Cerin Jun 9 '10 at 17:29
my bad, updated my original answer – Serge Jun 9 '10 at 20:55
hmm... I'm using outlook 2007 and I don't have that option unless I'm right-clicking the "deleted items" folder. Is there some other way for other folders? If I try to select all messages in a folder using control-a (17,000+ messages) and then right click on the messages or press <delete>, outlook becomes unresponsive. – Brian Mar 17 '14 at 21:01
nvm, control-a, control-d cleared it out. – Brian Mar 17 '14 at 22:13
Saved me a lot of work! Thank you. :) – Shahzad Latif Jul 9 '14 at 16:42

I know that you can hold Control and select the items and then hit the delete button. You could try that.

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This is really a comment, not an answer to the question. Please use "add comment" to leave feedback for the author. – Diogo Aug 9 '12 at 12:45

While in your inbox, hit Ctrl+A. This will select all messages in your inbox. Do the same in your deleted folder to permanently delete the messages.

Warning! This will delete ALL messages!

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Didn't work ­­­­ – jsj Jan 27 '13 at 9:31

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