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I've just started using a new PC running Outlook 2010 and I'm trying to set my preferred options. In Outlook 2007 on my previous PC, I had changed the settings so that the Deleted Items folder was not automatically emptied when I exit the application.

However, I can't find that option in Outlook 2010. Can someone please tell me where it is?

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Click on the "File" tab, and select "Options".

Switch to the "Advanced" pane, and clear the "Empty Deleted Items folders when exiting Outlook" option:

Advanced Options pane

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Thanks! I went through the "Mail" options carefully, but I guess it's not just mail that ends up in the Deleted Items folder, so the Advanced options might make more sense. – Highly Irregular Mar 29 '12 at 23:47
This option is checked but disabled for me (i.e. I can't uncheck the box). Any idea why this might be? – Thom Carver May 7 '15 at 8:17
@ThomCarver I believe there's a Group Policy that can disable this option - typically Sys Admins would clear this and then disable access to ensure items are retained correctly. – Zhaph - Ben Duguid May 7 '15 at 12:38

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