How to Restore a Removed Outlook Account

By Catherine Hewson

Microsoft Outlook is one of the most used mail-clients. Despite all the improvements to Outlook over the years, adding accounts to Outlook still can be a little bit complicated. If you've recently accidentally removed an Outlook account, you want to restore it rather than go through all the steps to add it again. Luckily, restoring a removed Outlook account is actually quite easy and only requires following a specific procedure.

Step 1

Double-click the "Computer" icon on your Desktop. Navigate to "C:\Users\yourusername\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook." Copy down the exact name of your .pst file as you'll need it in a later step. The name is normally "Outlook.pst" but may be a slight variation of this.

Step 2

Click "Start > Programs > Microsoft Office > Outlook" to open Outlook.

Step 3

Click the "File" button located at the top left of the screen and select "Import And Export."

Step 4

Click "Import from another program or file." Click "Next."

Step 5

Click "Personal Folder File (.pst)." Click "Next."

Step 6

Type in "C:\Users\yourusername\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook\Outlook.pst". Change "yourusername" to your actual username and "Outlook.pst" to the name of your .pst file. Click "Next."

Step 7

Select top of the hierarchy to import the entire file. Click "Finish." Your removed Outlook account will now be restored.

Tips & Warnings

  • Search for your .pst file if you don't find it in the folder listed above. To search, simply double-click the "Computer" icon on your Desktop and type in ".pst" into the search bar at the top right of the folder. Hit "Enter" and your .pst file will be tracked down.