delete read emails

Hi: We are using software that automatically prints all incoming emails (yeah, yeah, think of the trees), then marks them as read. However the software is not 100% consistent, and some emails remain unprinted - and unread.
Is there a way in outlook of automatically deleting read emails after a period of say, 24 hours? Outlook 2003 I am afraid!
Thanks!
Richard TeasdaleFinancial ControllerAsked:
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Clark KentSoftware Engineer cum BloggerCommented:
Hi ClaytonGlass,

Yes, Outlook provides a feature called Auto-Archive to automatically delete the older items from your inbox.

Follow the given path:
File >> Options >> Advanced >> Auto-Archive >> Auto-Archive Settings

In the “ Auto-Archive” settings, apply the required settings so you could delete the emails older than 24 hours and select the “Permanently Delete Old Items” dialog box.

Delete Read emails using Auto-Archive Feature
Generally, Archive function is used to create backup of huge data but same feature allows user to delete their emails within a limited time period.

For more help: http://office.microsoft.com/en-001/outlook-help/automatically-move-or-delete-older-items-with-autoarchive-HA010354967.aspx

Thanks
Clark Kent
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Richard TeasdaleFinancial ControllerAuthor Commented:
Thanks, Clark. However I am  looking to archive only read items; this way we can see at a glance which emails have not printed. All emails to this address are purchase orders and there is concern we may miss some; if we can delete those that have been read/printed then the job will be that much easier.
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Clark KentSoftware Engineer cum BloggerCommented:
Hi ClaytonGlass,

So, simply move the read items into specific folder and apply archiving on it. But sadly, Outlook does not provide any rule to work with read or unread emails.

You can use Macro feature to move the read emails of Outlook into a specific folder and then delete its emails by auto-archiving.

http://forums.asp.net/t/1544381.aspx?How+to+move+email+to+another+folder+after+reading+from+MS+outlook

Hope this Workaround will work!!!!!!!!!

Thanks
Clark Kent
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Richard TeasdaleFinancial ControllerAuthor Commented:
Thanks Clark!
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Iain MacMillanIT Regional Manager - UKCommented:
i would also look into the ones not being read, is there anything special about them?  could be marked as private, have a format issue or being sent by one specific address.  you then may be able to tweek your software to read & print them.
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