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How to Restore Deleted Emails in Outlook

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We’ve all had that moment of clicking delete on an email or file when we didn’t mean to. It can be anxiety-inducing, but luckily, Outlook has a Deleted Items folder.

By default, the folder acts like a Recycle Bin, and holds onto your deleted emails (for a set period of time determined by your admin).

You may have set your Deleted Items folder to empty out permanently after a certain period of time, or you may have permanently deleted an item (email, calendar appointment, etc.) from there. According to Microsoft,

“You can recover some deleted items, like messages, appointments, contacts, tasks, and notes, even after the Deleted Items folder is emptied or you’ve ‘hard deleted’ an item by pressing Shift+Delete. This feature requires a Microsoft Exchange Server account and doesn’t work with POP3 or IMAP accounts.”

The video above shows you the method of recovering deleted items from Outlook 2013/2016 even if they’re not in your Deleted Items folder. It also shows you where to find your Deleted Items folder in the Outlook Web App and how to move deleted items from there to your inbox.

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