Deleting IMAP Mail in Outlook Express...We love drama, pomp and adornment. Outlook Express seems to be wired similarly, because when you delete a message that happens to be in an IMAP account, the email does not disappear silently. No! It stays in place and is dramatically cancelled out, struck trough and crossed away in red.
Yes, this makes undeleting such messages easy (via Edit | Undelete, but it can also be more than a bit distracting, especially if emails to which you need to get back are scattered between countless of these undead message.
...and Windows Mail
Windows Mail uses the familiar Deleted Items folder with IMAP accounts, but it, too, is capable of Outlook Express's eccentricies. You can change the setting via Tools | Options... | Advanced | Use the 'Deleted Items' folder with IMAP accounts.
Fortunately, hiding deleted messages is just as easy as deleting (or undeleting) them.
Hide Deleted Messages in an IMAP Account in Windows Mail or Outlook Express
To hide messages marked for deleting from view in a folder in Windows Mail or Outlook Express:
- Select View | Current View | Show Deleted Messages from the menu so that the item is not checked.
(Make sure you purge IMAP folders from time to time manually or automatically.)