Backing up and saving important emails ensures that the information contained in these emails does not get lost should something happen to your email account. Microsoft's Outlook email program allows you to save important emails as individual files on a computer's hard drive for backing up and easy access and, from here, you can place these files in a folder on the computer's hard drive in a few simple steps.
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Double-click the Outlook application icon to launch the program. Click the "Mail" tab from the panel in the bottom left corner of the application window to view the email portion of the application.
Click the arrow to the left of the "Inboxes" tab to view a list of the inboxes tied to the application. Click on the inbox that contains the email that you want to move to a folder on the computer's hard drive.
Click on the email that you want to move to a folder on the computer's hard drive and drag the file out of the application window and onto the computer's desktop. The file will now be saved as a "EML" file on the computer's desktop.
Click the "EML" file that you copied to the computer's desktop and drag the file into the folder that you want to save the file in. If you do not already have a specified folder that you want to save the file in, right-click on the computer's desktop, move your mouse cursor over the "New" option and select the "Folder" option from the context menu to create a new folder.