I use the "Deleted Items" folder in Outlook 2010 as an archive, so I want all my deleted items to stay in this folder.

However, every so often (ever 2 weeks, maybe?), I can see some items from this folder has been (permenantly) deleted - I can put them back using the "Recover Deleted Items" functionality - but I'm affraid that if I forget to do this, they will some day actually be permenantly deleted...

Is there a way to stop Outlook from doing this? I an connected to an Exchange Server 2003 mail server. Or is this an Exchange task doing this on the server?

And it is not the Auto Archive functionality from Outlook that is doing this. I've disabled that a long time ago...

  • Do you also store things in the trash can at home? – user1686 Mar 15 '12 at 12:03
  • No - but from an iPhone, the new mail app in Windows 8 etc. there's a "build in" delete button, which is a single click to "archive"... Having to move the message to another folder involves multiple clicks and perhaps even some scrolling... – Kenneth Kryger Sørensen Mar 22 '12 at 7:10

that sounds like it could be a mailbox policy from the exchange server. to work around this, you should really be moving your files that you intend to keep as archive into a special folder just for them.

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