How to Find a Deleted Contact List With Microsoft Outlook

By Contributing Writer

If you rely heavily on Microsoft Outlook for personal or business use, you may have noticed how easy it is to delete a contact list. One click of the "x" button and your entire list is gone. The good news is that your contact list isn’t lost forever and you don’t have to go through all your emails to re-add those contacts the hard way. There are a number of easy ways that you can recover a deleted contact list with Microsoft Outlook.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Microsoft Outlook

Common Solution

Step 1

Open Microsoft Outlook.

Step 2

Locate the Navigation Pane (where all your folders are).

Step 3

Click “Deleted Items.”

Step 4

Highlight your contact list and then drag it back into your “Contacts” section.

Alternative Solution

Step 1

Open Microsoft Outlook. It is best if you can attempt to recover your contact list as soon as it was accidentally deleted, but if you missed the time frame in which your contact list is still easily accessible by Outlook, there are still steps you can take.

Step 2

Go to the “Deleted Items” folder.

Step 3

Click the “Tools” option from the menu bar.

Step 4

Click “Recover Deleted Items.” Find your contact list and select “Recover Selected Items.”