Mail app not deleting/emptying trash - ever

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by mikebatho, Jan 22, 2015.

  1. mikebatho macrumors 6502a

    Jun 1, 2004
    Greater Manchester UK
    OK, so I only started using mac mail app a couple of years ago and I only use it for business stuff, which is small, so I get almost no junk and a small flow of incoming emails.

    Anyway, I notice I have 400+ items in the trash can, so instinctively I R click & 'erase deleted items'. Nothing. No warning, no spinning wheel, it just asks me if I want to delete the trash Items, but when I click yes, it does nothing.

    I jumped on Google and found a few threads saying rebuild the mailbox. Did that. Nothing. Restarted, you guessed it - nothing.

    It just seems to ignore my request completely.

    Any help?

  2. cyb3rdud3 macrumors 65816

    Jun 22, 2014
    What are you mail server settings? Is the mail you are trying to delete a local mailbox or a server mailbox? Many server based systems can have some delay built in to protect users from their own stupidity :)

    Alternatively, did you select the mail messages in your trash folder before you select the delete messages function?

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