Recover Outlook Email that was Deleted Permanently in Windows OS – Tips

The blog discuss various solutions to recover Outlook email that was deleted permanently in Windows 10, 8, 7 operating system. This is one of the main queries arose from almost all Microsoft Outlook users. This happens when you accidentally delete emails from Outlook mailbox. But this is not a big deal now. There are many solutions available to fix this efficiently. Here in this blog, we will discuss a few manual as well as an automated solution to recover deleted emails from Outlook 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003 and other lower versions.

Best Solution to Recover Outlook Emails that was Deleted

As, we said in the introduction section, there are few manual solutions to resolve this issue. But, it is better to discuss the best solution first. The best solution is a reliable commercial application, called SysTools Outlook Recovery Tool. The important factor that makes it best is, the software allows you to recover permanently deleted items from Outlook PST files efficiently.

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It previews recovered deleted items in Red color in its preview panel. This might help users to identify the recovered permanently deleted emails from Outlook PST file. The user can export retrieved items in various file format including PST, EML, MSG, HTML, or in Office 365 account.

Steps to Recover Hard Deleted Outlook Emails

    1. Download and install the software. Run the application and add PST file, from which you need to recover deleted items (emails).
    2. Check Advanced Scan option from the software interface, to recover permanently deleted emails from Outlook PST file.

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    1. Thus the software will preview all deleted items (emails, contacts, calendars, tasks, notes, journals) in Red color in the software preview panel.
  1. Now the user can save recovered Outlook email that was deleted in various file formats as per user requirement.

“I cleared my Outlook mailbox a few weeks ago, without taking any backup. Now, I found a few important emails where there, that I couldn’t think about losing. I tried to recover them from Deleted Items Folder. But it was not there. I want them back. Please help me resolve the issue with a manual solution.”

Retrieve Deleted Emails from Outlook Manually

It is clear that, all user won’t be able to afford a commercial application. But this doesn’t mean that there are manual solutions available for solving all issues. In this scenario, let us discuss a few manual ways in which a user can recover Outlook email that was deleted from their mailbox. The important fact is that no manual solution can help you to retrieve items after the Retention period. So, the possibility of using a third party application arises here.

Now let us go through 2 manual solution to recover permanently deleted emails from Outlook account.

Restore Data from Recoverable Items Folder

shift + Delete (permanently deleted) emails can be found in Recoverable Items folder in MS Outlook. The user needs to restore data from this folder. Follow the steps:

    1. Go to Home >> Recoverable Items Folder.

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    1. Select the items to be retrieved, and check Restore Selected items option.

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  1. Press OK.

This is the best manual solution available to retrieve deleted Outlook emails. But this only works for the retention period.

Explore Outlook emails from Previous Version Option

This method also helps you to restore deleted emails in Outlook 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007 etc. But the major defect in this method is, The ‘Previous Version’ option needs to be enabled even before you might have deleted the emails from Outlook mailbox. So the method offers a solution only to a limited number of people. For all Outlook users, who have enabled this option can follow the steps given below.

    1. Go to the folder, from which you have deleted PST data item.
    2. Select the specific folder.
    3. Now select ‘Restore previous version’ from the menu bar.

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  1. Now all previous version tab will be activated in the pop-up File properties dialogue box.
  2. Double click on the latest folder. Check for the deleted item in this file.
  3. Select the item (Outlook email) and copy it to restore it, if you find your lost data in the list.

These are the two manual solutions available to recover Outlook email that was deleted from windows OS. These solutions cannot guarantee any surety in the proper recovery process. But if the user insists for a manual solution to recover permanently deleted emails from Outlook PST file, then you can prefer these solutions.

Is it Secure to use Manual Solutions:

The two solutions described in the above sections can be considered as possible manual solutions to retrieve deleted Outlook file items like email, contacts, calendars, tasks, notes, journals etc. But these methods has its own limitations. So it is better to fetch a reliable application that recovers shift deleted emails from outlook 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003 version with 100% surety. One such software is discussed in the top section of the blog.

Also ReadHow to take backup of Outlook emails step by step?


Do you need to recover Outlook email that was deleted accidentally? Without any more arguments, I prefer Outlook PST Recovery software. The application can recover permanently deleted Outlook PST file items like emails, contacts, calendars, tasks, notes, journals, etc. without any data loss. The 2 manual solutions discussed in the blog has their own limitations. Stop playing cat and mouse with your precious data. Restore and save your deleted data safely using PST recovery application.


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