How to Get Back Deleted Contacts

By Isaac Thress

Recovering deleted contacts in programs such as Microsoft Outlook can be accomplished as long as you have not "hard deleted" your contact list. Outlook makes it easy to recover deleted contacts as well as make changes to your computer's registry that prevents your contacts from ever being permanently deleted.

Checking the Deleted Items Folder

Step 1

Open Microsoft Outlook and check the "Deleted Items" folder for any contacts that you have recently deleted. If you have not permanently deleted your contacts, they will be stored in this folder indefinitely.

Step 2

Drag and drop the contacts you wish to restore from the "Deleted Items" folder to the "Contacts" folder.

Step 3

Update any information pertaining to your restored contacts and save your contact list to prevent further loss of information.

Recovering Permamently Deleted Contacts

Step 1

Open the Windows registry editor by typing "regedit" in the search bar.

Step 2

Locate and click the following:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Exchange\Client\Options

Step 3

On the "Edit" menu, select "Add Value" and making the following changes to the registry value:Value name: DumpsterAlwaysOnData type: DWORDValue data: 1

Step 4

Close the Windows registry editor and restart Microsoft Outlook. This should restore any permanently deleted contacts to your contact list and prevent any further contacts from being permanently deleted.

Tips & Warnings

  • Applying unnecessary changes to your computer's registry could result in having to reinstall the operating system.