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Deleting Gmail messages in
Authored by: j.norris on Oct 31, '11 11:59:23AM

Gmail's "Forwarding and POP/IMAP" settings let you delete messages permanently, at will.

"When a message is marked as deleted and expunged from the last visible IMAP folder" can be set to "Immediately delete the message forever". Other choices in that category include archiving (no, thanks) and moving to Trash (where it's autodeleted later).

When combined with the option "Auto-Expunge on", this removes messages from Gmail immediately.

For those who like a little safety net, "Auto-Expunge off" takes advantage of Mail's ability to mark messages as deleted, then expunge them later (Preferences > Accounts > Mailbox Behaviors > Store deleted messages on the server). A keyboard shortcut to Mailbox > Erase Deleted Items > In Selected Mailbox is a handy way to give yourself a second look at deleted items before expunging them.

Note that Mail doesn't display deleted-but-unexpunged items by default: To see them, you must choose View > Show Deleted Messages (cmd-L).

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