How to Restore an Outlook Drafts Folder

By Mary Jane

Microsoft Outlook is an email system that comes with the Microsoft Office package. Unlike web-based email systems, such as Gmail or Hotmail, Microsoft Outlook stores its files on your computer. These files include folder information, a list of programmed contacts and emails sent and received. Restoring specific Outlook folders is a simple task, since you just have to locate the appropriate folders on your computer.

Step 1

Open your Outlook account. Locate the "File" button on the horizontal menu panel, located in the upper left corner of the Outlook window.

Step 2

Select the "Import and Export" option in the File menu. A pop-up window will open.

Step 3

Look for the "Import from another program or file" button and click it. Click "Next" to continue the restoring folder process.

Step 4

Select the .pst file option, which means Personal Folder File. Click "Next" to continue.

Step 5

Click "Browse" to locate the Drafts folder. The folders will be stored where the Outlook files are located, which is usually on the C-drive, unless you have manually stored them elsewhere. The location is the location you chose when you were installing Outlook.

Step 6

Select the Drafts folder and click "OK." Check off the "Replace duplicates with items imported" to make sure the files in the folder are not duplicated in your email account.

Step 7

Click "Next" and "Finish" to complete the restoration process.