How to Delete a Microsoft Outlook Folder

If you do not want to use an email folder in Microsoft Outlook anymore, you can delete that folder as well as all its contents at once. We will show you how to do that in Outlook’s desktop and web versions, as the mobile version does not allow it.

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RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
May 19, 20212

If you do not want to use an email folder in Microsoft Outlook anymore, you can delete that folder as well as all its contents at once. We will show you how to do that in Outlook’s desktop and web versions, as the mobile version does not allow it.

Note! You can only delete the folders you have created in Outlook. The app does not allow you to remove the default folders, like Inbox, Sent Mail, and so on. Also, if you ever end up removing a folder accidentally, you can restore it from the Deleted Items folder.

This is for devices using Outlook. Screenshots are from Microsoft Outlook for Office 365

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Using the Desktop

To delete a folder from the Outlook app on your desktop, first, launch the Outlook app.

Next, from the sidebar on the left, find the folder you would like to delete. Refer to the below image:

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Selecting a folder to delete

Now, right-click that folder and choose the Delete Folder option. See the below image:

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Selecting Delete Folder option

Next, select Yes in the prompt that opens. See the following image:

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Confirm the deletion

Now, your chosen folder is now removed from Outlook’s main interface.

Later, if you would like to restore a deleted folder, then open the Trash folder and drag and drop your deleted folder out of it.

Using the Web

To remove your email folders from Outlook’s web version, first, launch your preferred web browser and open the Outlook site.

Next, log in to your account if you have not already.

Now, after logging in, from the folder list on the left, find the folder to delete. Refer to the below image:

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Selecting a folder to delete

Next, right-click your folder and choose the Delete folder option. See the below image:

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Selecting the Delete folder option

Now, click OK in the prompt. See the following image:

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Confirm the deletion

Now, your chosen folder is now removed from Outlook’s main interface.

Later, if you would like to restore a deleted folder, then open the Trash folder and drag and drop your deleted folder out of it.

And that’s all there is to removing unwanted folders from your Outlook app.

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