How to Restore or Read Archived E-mails in Outlook

By Techwalla Internet Editor

Restoring deleted or corrupted emails in Microsoft Outlook is a snap. If you need to recover an email lost through a mistaken deletion or forced closure of the program, try these steps.

Step 1

Open the File menu and click on "Import," this opens another menu. Choose "Message."

Step 2

Choose the profile that your personal file is located in.

Step 3

Pick the folder that contains your archived message. If you are not sure choose "All Folders."

Step 4

Click "Next" to import the archived email.

Step 5

Press "Finish" and open the email to read your restored message.

Tips & Warnings

  • Different versions of Outlook may require different steps. Check online at the Microsoft support website.
  • If you can't open your Personal Folder, try running the inbox repair tool.
  • The backup file is the original corrupted file, so you may not be able to recover anything that is not recovered in the "Lost and Found" folder.
  • Try renaming .bak files that the Inbox Repair Tool can't recover. Give the copies .pst extension.
  • If you don't want messages to stay in the Deleted Items folder open that folder, choose "Edit" and then choose "Empty Deleted Items."
  • Online help is available to genuine Microsoft products at
  • Damaged disks or corrupted files may require a third-party product for repair.