How to View Email History

By Misty Rodriguez

Many email providers give their users a lot of storage. This is helpful, because you can essentially keep all of your emails without worrying about deleting messages. However, it becomes troublesome when you need to find a specific email because you have a lot of things to sort through. Knowing how to correctly view your email history can speed up the process. While viewing your history, it's a good idea to get rid of emails you are sure you won't need anymore, just to clear up the clutter.

Step 1

Click on the "Sent" folder to view emails that were sent from that account. Emails are usually stored in chronological order, with the most recently sent emails on top.

Step 2

Click on "Inbox" to review the emails you've received. You'll be able to see the sender, the subject and the date the email was received.

Step 3

Click on the "Trash" folder to view emails that have been deleted. Once the Trash folder is emptied, however, those deleted emails will be gone forever.

Step 4

Select the "Draft" folder to view emails that have been saved as drafts but not sent yet.

Step 5

Check the "Spam" folder for junk mail. It's important to look in this folder on a regular basis, because some messages may accidentally get sent here even when they aren't spam. Most email providers erase spam messages after a specific amount of time, so important messages can slip through the cracks.

Step 6

Use the Search field to enter information that may be in the subject or sender field, or inside the body of the email. Many email providers have this search feature, which makes finding old emails much easier.