For whatever reason, you may end up with a huge amount of e-mail stuck on a mail server and it all just needs to go. Maybe you’ve been lax in clearing e-mail, your e-mail application isn’t managing your mailbox properly or perhaps you’ve just been spammed into oblivion.
However, if you’ve got hundreds or even thousands of messages on the mail server that need to be deleted you’re probably not looking forward to manually deleting each and everyone one:
dele x – 1
Luckily, there is a smarter way to do this using Microsoft Excel using some easy steps. But first, a warning:
Undertaking the following will delete most, if not, all of your e-mail from your mailbox – only proceed if you understand that you are deleting your e-mail!
- In cell A1, type in dele and press Tab,
- In cell B1, type in 1 and press Tab,
- In cell C1, type in the following formula then press Enter:
- =A1&” “&B1
- Highlight cells A1 to C1 and drag down for as many rows that you require,
- Copy the resulting text in Column C into your active telnet session,
- Watch your telnet window go nuts,
- Type quit and press Enter to confirm the deletions.
You might not need to use this tip all that often but always worth knowing just in case.