How to Recover a Deleted Email in Outlook

By Risa Edwards

Deleting old or unimportant email is a good practice that keeps your inbox from becoming unmanageable. Often an email is inadvertently deleted or you find a reason you need to access it later. Microsoft Outlook has a tool that allows easy recovery of previously deleted messages and can save you from losing work or having someone resend you the message.

Step 1

Open Microsoft Outlook by clicking on the desktop shortcut. If there is no shortcut, open the "Start" menu and select "Microsoft Office" and click on "Outlook."

Step 2

Open the deleted items folder. Messages that have not been purged from the deleted folder can be selected and moved to the inbox.

Step 3

Click on "Tools" and select "Recover Deleted Items." This will open a new window with a list of deleted messages.

Step 4

Click on the message(s) you want to restore and click "Recover." The messages will be restored to your deleted items folder.

Step 5

Move selected messages out of the deleted items folder to the inbox or another desired folder.

Tips & Warnings

  • Creating an archive of all emails allows you to save server space while keeping every email received.
  • Be careful not to empty the deleted items folder when selecting the recover deleted items button.