How to recover deleted folders in Outlook 2010

In this tutorial we will see how to recover a deleted folder in Outlook 2010. Let us take the following example to show recovery of deleted folders. Let us say you have deleted a folder named “resources” under Inbox by right clicking on the folder and select Delete Folder from the menu list.

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Now to recover the deleted folder, navigate to Deleted Items folder under your email account and expand it. This would display the deleted folder “resources”along with the outlook items.

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You can drag and drop the folder to your inbox and restore to place where it was before.

From the right click context menu, if you have selected Delete All menu option then it deletes only the outlook items inside the folder and leaves out the folder. To recover the deleted outlook items, navigate to Deleted Items folder and restore the individual items.

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In Category: Office 2010, Outlook 2010

Ravi Shankar

A Software developer and blogger who is always looking to provide technical help to the wider community.

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  • Richard Bishop May 21, 2012, 11:40 pm

    Thanks very much. Your directions to recover a valuable folder was great.

  • Richard Bishop May 21, 2012, 11:40 pm

    Thanks very much. Your directions to recover a valuable folder was great.

  • Mike May 25, 2012, 6:28 pm

    Thanks I had a bit of a brain fart here, these were great steps.

  • Mike May 25, 2012, 6:28 pm

    Thanks I had a bit of a brain fart here, these were great steps.

  • Bruce August 2, 2012, 9:39 pm

    Thanks. Easy and clear directions–and a relief!

  • Bruce August 2, 2012, 9:39 pm

    Thanks. Easy and clear directions–and a relief!

  • Al August 3, 2012, 12:52 am

    Ok, but how do you recover a “hard” deleted folder, as if you empty the Deleted Items folder instead of recovering or deleted by doing a Shift+Delete? I know the items still remain in the Recover Deleted Item window, but not the folder. If I delete 200 emails from various originating folders plus a folder containing 50 emails and empty the Deleted Items, they will all show up under the one “folder” window that opens when you click on Recover Deleted Items. Any way to sort by original location or to view the folder itself?

  • Al August 3, 2012, 12:52 am

    Ok, but how do you recover a “hard” deleted folder, as if you empty the Deleted Items folder instead of recovering or deleted by doing a Shift+Delete? I know the items still remain in the Recover Deleted Item window, but not the folder. If I delete 200 emails from various originating folders plus a folder containing 50 emails and empty the Deleted Items, they will all show up under the one “folder” window that opens when you click on Recover Deleted Items. Any way to sort by original location or to view the folder itself?

  • Rich October 1, 2012, 1:34 pm

    Thanks,

    I “removed” the Archive File from my favourite folders but it is now “gone” together with all messages – not in my Deleted items folder and even in my recycle bin. How to recover please?

  • Rich October 1, 2012, 1:34 pm

    Thanks,

    I “removed” the Archive File from my favourite folders but it is now “gone” together with all messages – not in my Deleted items folder and even in my recycle bin. How to recover please?

  • René October 11, 2012, 1:21 pm

    So, I removed the RSS Feeds folder, and I cleared my “Deleted Items” folder.
    Is there any way I can get my RSS Feeds folder back?

    Thanks in advance

  • René October 11, 2012, 1:21 pm

    So, I removed the RSS Feeds folder, and I cleared my “Deleted Items” folder.
    Is there any way I can get my RSS Feeds folder back?

    Thanks in advance

  • Marshal October 22, 2012, 12:20 pm

    You can recover your email with the help of third party software such as Stellar Phoenix Deleted email recovery. The software can easily recover your all email item from your PST file. You can try first demo version and preview recover deleted email.

  • Marshal October 22, 2012, 12:20 pm

    You can recover your email with the help of third party software such as Stellar Phoenix Deleted email recovery. The software can easily recover your all email item from your PST file. You can try first demo version and preview recover deleted email.

  • Brenda November 1, 2012, 5:29 am

    Thank you SO much! I tried other suggestions but your was the one that worked…whew!

  • Brenda November 1, 2012, 5:29 am

    Thank you SO much! I tried other suggestions but your was the one that worked…whew!

  • Karishma November 12, 2012, 5:35 pm

    Thanks a ton.. you are a life saver!

  • Karishma November 12, 2012, 5:35 pm

    Thanks a ton.. you are a life saver!

  • Della March 4, 2013, 9:40 pm

    Ravi.
    Thank you so much for your simple instructions to find my deleted folder. I contacted my IT first level and the guy could only follow a script that was no help. So, he elevated it to second level; but I didn’t stop looking and as soon as I clicked on your help link, it was resolved in about two minutes. It wasn’t rocket science, it was about getting easy simple instructions as yours are. Thanks again! Della

  • Della March 4, 2013, 9:40 pm

    Ravi.
    Thank you so much for your simple instructions to find my deleted folder. I contacted my IT first level and the guy could only follow a script that was no help. So, he elevated it to second level; but I didn’t stop looking and as soon as I clicked on your help link, it was resolved in about two minutes. It wasn’t rocket science, it was about getting easy simple instructions as yours are. Thanks again! Della

  • Ravi Shankar March 28, 2013, 10:36 pm

    Thanks Della for this positive feedback.

    Regards
    Ravi

  • Ravi Shankar March 28, 2013, 10:36 pm

    Thanks Della for this positive feedback.

    Regards
    Ravi

  • Ray October 25, 2013, 3:57 am

    I had inadvertently copied a folder into my “favorites” location at the top of the column. I should have drug it back below, but I deleted it. Now it is not in the deleted file nor in the Folder/ Recover deleted files. How can I get it back.

  • Brandy December 31, 2013, 3:11 am

    Thank you very much, I submitted a ticket to my IT department. But was able to figure it out before they got to me. Thank you a million. Saved me a lot of time.

  • mekala May 11, 2014, 9:27 pm

    Helped me.

  • Jon June 18, 2014, 5:35 am

    THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH for this saved my life when I deleted my “Quick Reference” folder you know the one that has all the links, logins and short cuts that I can’t live with out. So simple but MS help search returned nothing on this. Your answer here was right on and popped up in a google search. Major Kudos… tell MS they need you!

  • Derek Robinson October 15, 2014, 9:10 pm

    Thank you so much, had a blank moment then and then it was gone!!! Now back safely where it belongs.

  • Annie February 5, 2015, 5:24 am

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!

  • joie March 27, 2015, 7:53 am

    THANK YOU FOR THISSSSS!

  • sai April 10, 2015, 2:46 pm

    super.. i got my files

  • Pam July 24, 2015, 7:15 pm

    Thank you – what a lifesaver!!

  • Anne August 27, 2015, 8:05 pm

    Thank you! Quick and easy!

  • Jonathan January 12, 2016, 8:05 pm

    Perfect thank you!

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