I know you can permanently delete a deleted contact from the contact's screen, but how can you en-masse delete all the deleted contacts or "Empty Trash"?

Ideally delete all things trashed over 30 days ago would be fab.

It's especially needed for my client because deleted contacts still show up in Constituent Summary and other reports

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Go to Advanced Search, tick the box, 'search in trash'. hit 'enter/search' - that should give you all those in Trash (and ONLY those in Trash) and from Actions you can then choose 'permanently delete'

EDIT - can also be done via API Explorer: Permanently delete more than 100k trashed records

  • Oh right, so Search In a Trash will only return contacts from trash, not all contacts including trash? Oct 17, 2017 at 18:23
  • Correct, it only returns contacts in the trash.
    – Andy Clark
    Oct 17, 2017 at 20:22

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