Cleaning Up your Mailbox in Outlook 2011 for Macintosh
Learn how to clean up your Outlook 2011 mailbox for better performance and to ensure you do not exceed your allocated server space.
Keep your mailbox clean by:
- Emptying out your Deleted Items folder
- Using an Archive rule to move old messages from your Exchange server mailbox to a mailbox on your local computer.
Note: Archived messages will not be viewable through Outlook Web Access because they are no longer stored on the Exchange server.
Steps to Take
Empty Deleted Items folder
To empty out your Deleted Items folder, either do a control + right mouse click or right click on the Deleted Items folder and click on Empty Folder.
To set Outlook 2011 to empty your Deleted Items folder on exit:
- Go to the Tools menu and click on Run Schedule and then click Edit Schedules.
- Double-click on Empty Deleted Items Folder
- Under the When section, change Manually to On Quit
Set up an Archiving Rule
- In the main Outlook 2011 window, click on the Tools menu and select Rules.
- Select Exchange on the left side, under On My Computer and then click the '+' to add a new rule
- Change your settings, We recommend:
- Rule name: Archive Messages After 180 Days
- When a new message arrives, select:
- If all conditions are true
- Date Received - Is Greater Than - 180 - days old
- Do the following, select:
- Move Message - Inbox (On My Computer)
- Do not apply other rules to messages that meet these conditions
- Click OK
Running Your Rule
To manually run the rule:
- Go to the Message menu
- Click on Rules
- Click on your rule
Access the Archived Items
Underneath your Inbox there is a folder called On My Computer where you will find your archived items.