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Restoring Archived Emails in Outlook

If you have used Outlook for your email before, you may have been prompted at some point to archive your email. By default, Outlook will attempt to automatically archive emails in your Inbox and other folders after 6 months (for the Sent Items and Deleted Items it archives after 2 months). This archiving is great for reducing the amount of disk space being used.

However, when using the archive feature you may find that your email or email folders are suddenly gone from your Outlook. This is because Outlook takes the old emails and stores them away into an archives file, usually called archive.pst. Luckily there is a way to get these emails and email folders back.

To restore archived items in Outlook 2007 back to their original folders, use the following steps:

1. Go to the File menu and select Import and Export.
2. Select Import from another program or file and click Next.
3. Select the Personal Folder File (.pst) option and click Next.
4. It will likely default to backup.pst. The file path should be correct, but click the browse button and select the archive file (likely called archive.pst) and click Open.
5. There will be options for handling duplicate items where you can choose whichever option you prefer and click Next.
6. It should already show the folders to import from. Keep Include Subfolders checked, and use Import items into the same folder in, and click Finish.

Following these steps should restore all of your archived emails and email folders.

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