How to properly delete e-mails in Webmail?

Every Linux hosting account comes with something called "webmail". Webmail allows a user to quickly log into an account and see what e-mail is currently in the inbox. Clients often delete items from webmail thinking that once deleted, the mail will be gone. This results in users deleting mail when the inbox is full, only to realise that the inbox is still using up space. The reason for this is that the webmail area required one to "purge" e-mail before the mail will actually be removed from the account.

This is how you can purge e-mail:

When using Horde

Emails moved to the trash are purged after being in the trash for at least 7 days. You can immediately purge delete messages by clicking on the Empty Trash icon in the menu bar.

To purge your emails click on the trash folder on the left side of the screen and then select all the emails you would like to delete or just use the icon at the bottom of the screen.

When you click the delete icon all the emails you selected will be purged.

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When using roundcube

To purge your emails click on the trash folder on the left side of the screen and then select all the emails you would like to delete or just use the icon at the bottom of the screen.

When you click the delete icon all the emails you selected will be purged. It is also good to note that there is no warning message.

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When using SquirrelMail

To purge delete emails in your trash just click the Purge link next to the trash link in the menu on the left as indicated below.

To bypass the trash can you can disable it by doing the following:

  1. Click "Options".
  2. Click "Folder Preferences".
  3. Set "Trash Folder" to "Do not use Trash".
  4. Click "Submit".

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There is also a Bypass Trash checkbox when viewing your email list or an email's content that can be used to delete emails without changing the trash folder settings.

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