How-to Restore and Find Deleted Email in Outlook 2007

How-to Restore and Find Deleted Email in Outlook 2007

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Help!!  I permanently deleted an email I need, I need to find an email I deleted, how to restore a deleted email.  If you’re in trouble, here’s a quick solution for retrieving email from the dumpster in Outlook 2007.

When you delete an email from one of your folders it first goes into the Deleted Items folder.  To permanently delete an item, it has to be deleted from the Deleted Items folder and is sent to the dumpster.  If you’ve sent an important item to the dumpster, hope is not lost.  You can restore the items using the following procedure:

1. Highlight the folder that originally contained the item.  (If you’re not sure which folder, than you have to repeat these steps for each possible folder).  In this example, we’ll restore something to the Inbox.

2. From the menu bar choose Tools –> Recover Deleted Items.  Keyboard shortcut (hold down ALT and press ‘t’ and then ‘t’ again)


3. A window will pop up with the most recently deleted items:


4. Highlight the message you want to restore and select the icon with a message with an arrow on top, ‘Recover Selected Items’


5. To restore multiple messages, hold down ‘CTRL’ and select the items you want to restore


This came in handy for me when one of my rules got corrupted.  Hope this helps, Happy mail finding!

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  • Thanks for this information, I am general IT support for a SME company and get loads of request regarding deleted emails in Outlook.

    Thanks for the informative post!

  • Thanks for the tip. It happens to me often!

  • <sigh />

    I guess it isn't available for standalone Outlook .pst files...

    or am I missing something?

  • Actually you can also recover deleted emails from an Outlook PST file. I've documented the proceedure here:!1pt1v0Q4vD8jSvNS4lqdAuug!391.entry

    Blake Handler - Microsoft MVP

    "The Road to Know Where"

  • @daveblack  This is the recovery for emails in your active email folders (your .ost file), not archive emails (.pst file).  

    Thanks for the link @Blake

  • What if you do not have "Recover Deleted Items" in your Outlook 2007?  How do you recovery this information?

  • Hi,

    I want to share much more information about what happens when an email is deleted permanently from your folder. In MS Outlook, when an e-mail is deleted permanently (by using Shift+Delete or from the Deleted Folder), Outlook just removes the pointer that is listed in the index. The deleted email still remains in the .PST file, but Outlook does not know the whereabouts of the deleted item as the pointer is deleted.

    In this case deleted Outlook item can be surely recovered using an effective third-party <a href="">deleted email recovery</a> software.


  • Hello,

     You may face many problme like accidentally delete some messages,Automatic loss of email,Blackout of Email servers

    Upper limit on data storage. In such situation you take regular backup of your mail.

    There are one handy application "BeyondInbox". It provides features like Backup your email for Disaster Recovery,Archive your email, Organize your inbox and Restore your email.

    It also create seprate file(.eml) for each mail.

  • Thanks for posting this feature is really useful

  • Great help!!

    A great resource i found to get deleted email is at

  • Hi,

    What if u're missing the recovery deleted item button in outlook ?i can see the subfolders that i deleted when im trying to create a new folder in contacs.Can you please help me?

  • This was a life saver this morning, THANK YOU

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  • Hi,

    A great recovery tool, I used to recover my deleted email is Remo Repair Outlook (PST). It performs excellent email recovery on outlook 2007. Just follow the steps given at

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