How to Recover a Deleted Folder in Outlook

Updated to File Recovery Tips by Robert on Feb 17, 2023 | Approved by Jennifer Allen

Can you recover a deleted folder in Outlook? It is impossible to recover a deleted folder in Outlook, but you can recover deleted items from the deleted folder. Generally speaking, there are some options in Outlook for you to restore or retrieve deleted items. If you have deleted them permanently, you can even try iBeesoft Data Recovery to recover the deleted .pst and .ost from Outlook the desktop version. Let’s move on to learn how to do it.

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How can you retrieve a folder from Outlook? There are three different methods that you can use to recover deleted items from Outlook and later you can put them into a folder like it used to be. Let's have a look at each of these methods in detail.

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Method #1. How to Recover Files from ‘Deleted Items’ or ‘Trash’ Folders
Method #2. How to Recover Deleted Files from Server in Outlook
Method #3. How to Recover Outlook Data with the .pst and .ost file and Restore Outlook File

Method #1. How to Recover Files from ‘Deleted Items’ or ‘Trash’ Folders

Accidents happen every day. If you erased or deleted an email message from your Outlook mailbox, I have a solution on how to restore the message.

Step 1: Click on the "Deleted Items" or "Trash" folder.

Step 2: Search for the deleted item from here. Right-click on the item to select it.

Step 3: Select "move" and then click on Other Folder.

If you cannot find the item using this method, you can try method 2. below.

Method #2. How to Recover Deleted Files from Server in Outlook

Is it possible to recover a deleted folder from Outlook 2016? The answer to this question is yes. Let us have a look at the step-by-step guide on the recovery process from the server.

Step 1: From Outlook, click on the email folder list and select "Deleted Items" or "Trash" folder.

Step 2: From the Home tab, click on "Recover Deleted Items from Server". From the menu that appears, select Deleted Items.

Step 3: Select the item you want to recover. Check the "Restore Selected Items" button and then click "OK".

From here, the recovered items are restored to the deleted Items folder. Make sure you move them from here to a preferred location.

Method #3. How to Recover Outlook Data with the .pst and .ost file and Restore Outlook File

Before I can take you through the recovery process of the Outlook data recovery, allow me to explain the meaning of .pst and .ost files. 

* Outlook Data File(.pst) holds your messages and Outlook items that are saved on your computer. The advantage of the .pst files is that you can use them as a backup for your emails, messages, contacts, etc. Additionally, you can import email messages, contacts, and other items from another Outlook Data file(.pst). As long as your items are saved in the .pst file, you can always recover and restore your messages/emails.

* Offline Outlook Data file(.OST) is different from .pst as you cannot import messages from this folder. Examples of accounts that use the .ost file are Microsoft 365, Exchange accounts, and IMAP accounts. The .ost file saves synchronized copies of mailbox information on your computer. In case of a lost internet connection, you can only access previously downloaded items. For instance, if you were sending an email, the messages will not be sent until you reconnect your internet.

How can you recover a deleted folder in Outlook using a recovery software?

Besides using the above-stated methods, you can use recovery software to restore deleted items from the deleted items folder in Outlook. The software to use is iBeesoft Data Recovery.

iBeesoft is a data recovery software that helps you recover deleted items from your hard disk. It is secure and effective. It provides comprehensive recovery of the deleted items, and it comes in handy when restoring data.

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Here is a step-by-step guide on how to recover a deleted folder in Outlook using iBeesoft Data Recovery. For both .pst or .ost file on your computer.

Step 1: First, you will need to install this Outlook recovery software. It is available for various types of computers. The installation process is the same as other tools. After then, launch the data recovery software

Step 2: Select the drive to scan. Make sure you check the drive on which your emails are stored. It’s mostly in drive C on most computers. After the selection, click on the Scan button on the top bar section.

Step 3: The software will start the scanning process. Wait for the process to finish. After completion, click on Recover to restore the items on your computer. Save the recovered files as .pst or .ost.

And that is how you use the iBeesoft recovery software to restore previously deleted items in Outlook. It is a simple process that saves you time and recovers permanently deleted folders.

How to import recovered .pst or .ost file with Outlook

You can retrieve a deleted Outlook folder with the recovered .pst or .ost files. After then, check out the details with Outlook.

Step 1: From your Outlook account, click on the File tab.

Step 2: Click on Open & Export, click the Account Settings drop-down. Next, click the Account Settings tab that appears. If you are using the new version of Outlook, you need to click on the open Outlook Data File (.pst) folder.

Step 3: From the Data files tab, click Open Folder Location. From here, you can navigate to the item you want to retrieve.