Recover deleted items in Outlook for Windows

 
When you accidentally delete an item from your Outlook mailbox, you can often recover it. The first place to look is the Deleted Items or Trash folders. Search for the item you want, then right-click it and select MoveOther Folder. If you can't find it there, the next steps depend on what type of email account you have in Outlook.

If your folder list looks like this, and you see the 
Deleted Items folder, see the steps below to recover deleted email, appointments, events, contacts, and tasks that have been removed from the Deleted Items folder.



If your folder list looks like this, and you see the 
Trash folder, you can move items from the Trash folder back into your other folders, but you can't recover items that have been deleted from the Trash folder.


Recover an item that's no longer in your Deleted Items folder

If you can't find an item in the Deleted Items folder, the next place to look is the Recoverable Items folder. This is a hidden folder, and it's the place where items are moved when you do one of the following things:
  • Delete an item from the Deleted Items folder.

  • Empty the Deleted Items folder.

  • Permanently delete an item by selecting it and pressing Shift+Delete.

Follow the steps listed below to recover items from the Recoverable Items folder.

1. In Outlook, go to your email folder list, and then click Deleted Items.
Important: If you don't see the Deleted Items folder, but instead see the Trash folder, then your account doesn't support recovering an item that's no longer in your Deleted Items folder.

2. Make sure Home is selected at the top, left-hand corner, then click Recover Deleted Items From Server.
Important: If Recover Deleted Items From Server isn't there, your account doesn't support recovering an item that's no longer in your Deleted Items folder.



3. Select the item you want to recover, click Restore Selected Items, and then click OK.



Where do recovered items go? When you recover items from the Recoverable Items folder, they are moved to the Deleted Items folder. So after you recover an item, you can find it in your Deleted Items folder and then move it to another folder.
 



 

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