Our Messaging group has disabled Auto-Archive via Group Policy for "reasons." Is there a way to automatically delete emails after a given time?

I receive hundreds of system-generated emails a day that I only want to keep around for a week, for reference purposes in case there's an issue. The only way I know to automatically delete emails after a time is Auto-Archive, so I'm hoping that there's another way.


Couple suggestions:

  • Manual: Use Outlook's quick search and search for items received before DD/MM/YYYY, highlight them all (Ctrl+A), and delete them (Del).
  • Automated: Write a VBA macro to do it for you each time you open Outlook.

Info regarding that suggestion to get you started:

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  • This is exactly what I was looking for. – Travis Oct 2 '14 at 15:43

The automated way to set a retention policy on the folder level.

  • Right-click the folder that contains your system generated e-mails.
  • Select Properties
  • Go to Policy tab
  • In Folder Policy dropdown, select 1 Week Delete

Folder Policy

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  • The Policy tab does not exist for me. I'm guessing that it is also disabled or is not present on 2013. – Travis Oct 7 '14 at 16:31
  • I'm going to guess your instance of Outlook has a group policy to restrict that as well. – Sun Oct 7 '14 at 16:56

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