The sent items folder is about 8 GB and I need to clear it out to free up space. Is there any way to do it without selecting each individual message?

2 Answers 2

  1. Go to your Sent folder
  2. Tap on the "Edit"-Button on the top right
  3. Select the first email in your list
  4. Hold down the "Move" button
  5. While you are still holding the "Move"-Button, deselect the first E-Mail
  6. Put away all your fingers from the screen and wait a few seconds
  7. Now Mail asks you where to move ALL of your emails
  8. Select the Trash-Folder
  9. Inside the Trahs-Folder, you can delete all items at once
  • nice not many People know this trick ;-)
    – konqui
    Commented Jul 11, 2014 at 16:54
  • This is one of the craziest Apple easter eggs I have ever seen, when a simple delete all button would suffice.
    – james-see
    Commented Jul 27, 2017 at 2:00

This worked for me:

  1. Select the Sent Items folder
  2. Select Edit
  3. Select Select All (all the sent e-mails will be highlighted)
  4. Press the Delete key (all the highlighted e-mails will move to the Deleted Items folder
    • a) Right click on the Deleted Items folder
    • b) Select Empty 'Deleted Items' folder


  1. If your Outlook is set-up to automatically delete the items in the Deleted Items folder, they will auto delete when you close Outlook.
  • Where do you get “right click” on a touch screen? Commented Apr 14, 2020 at 6:29

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