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When an item is deleted, mark it as read

I often click the X to delete an email from the list without reading it (I know it is junk). It then goes to the Deleted folder but stays unread. This messes with my search folders that look for unread emails.

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This new option is now available for Office 365 ProPlus and Office 365 Business customers on the Monthly Channel who upgrade to Version 1803 (Build 9126.2116).

From Outlook, you can turn this on using File > Options > Mail. Look for the “Other” section and check the box next to “Mark messages as read when deleted”.

We will eventually support this new option for all subscription customers using Office 365 ProPlus, or any of our Office 365 business and enterprise products. For customers on the Semi Annual Channel, this new option will be included in the next major update. There are no plans to backport to older versions of Outlook.

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  • Mark Verbaas commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Could this also be added to the mobile client? Sometimes you know what the message is, and just swipe to delete it. Would be very nice if that was marked as read too!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Usually the answer, when it comes to Microsoft products, is that you need to write some kind of custom script or create a personalized macro to do even the most basic of commands.

  • Andreas commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    [BUG]

    Does not work when you get a meeting request and an update for that meeting request (the first one automatically gets deleted when this happens).

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is the best fix from anonymous:

    "I created myself a Quick Step that I call "Read & Delete". So it sits up in the main menu, always in view, and I just use this instead of the actual delete button. I just have it set up to Mark the message as Read, then Delete message."

  • Jeffrey commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I want to echo other comments and confirm that "Mark messages as read when deleted" does not exist on my Office 365

  • Phil commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    "Mark messages as read when deleted" does not exist on my Office 365 ProPlus: 1803 Build 9126.2315

  • Mal commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I had been using this new feature for months, and now suddenly it is gone. It stopped working and I don't have the option anymore. I guess I am back to using Quick Steps until they figure it out.

  • Franz commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hi all, the same as Rich Allen, we are running the 32-bit version 1803 (Build 9126.2259 Click-to-Run) Semi-annual Channel and the option is NOT available. It's a pity because I did have access to that feature a couple of moths ago, when they introduced it. However, one day I wanted to try the 64-bit version and I realized that the option wasn't available on 64-bit so I reinstalled the 32-bit. Unfortunately, the checkbox “Mark messages as read when deleted” is not there anymore..!! Please make it available for all. What's the point in hiding it?

  • Rich Allen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We are running Office 365 ProPlus and are now on Version 1803 (Build 9126.2259 Click-to-Run) Semi-annual Channel.

    The "Mark messages as read when deleted" option is NOT available.

  • Ilya commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Make it available for iOS too please. Also include "archive & mark as read" in the same way.

  • TN commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Really happy to see this feature in the current build, however, it doesn't seem to be fully implemented. It only seems to work if you "touch" the message. In other words, if I right-click a folder of unread messages and select "Delete All" the messages are moved to the Deleted folder and remain in the unread state.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I created myself a Quick Step that I call "Read & Delete". So it sits up in the main menu, always in view, and I just use this instead of the actual delete button. I just have it set up to Mark the message as Read, then Delete message.

  • Michael Roff commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This doesn't seem to work when inbox items are deleted through rules? Can anyone else confirm this?

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I have Outlook 2016 Professional Plus Version 1803 (Build 9126.2116) for Windows and don't have this check box available - please help!

  • Vilius commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'm on Office 2016 Home And Business build 1803 and I don't see this option. Will this be backported to "standard" Office 2016 versions?

  • Josh Rivers commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please reopen this suggestion. It is clearly for Outlook 2016 for Mac OS X. Not for the windows version. Version 1803 is Windows Outlook.

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