How to retrieve sent email

Written by jay darrington
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Sometimes, after sending an e-mail, you may need to retrieve it for purposes such as sending it to someone you forgot to include in the original list of recipients or to print it. Fortunately, most e-mail programs store every e-mail you send within an archive in the program.

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Things you need

  • E-mail account
  • Desktop or web-based e-mail program

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  1. 1

    Open the email program on your desktop. If you use a web-based e-mail program such as Gmail or Hotmail, point your web browser to the email provider's website and log into it to access your e-mail.

  2. 2

    Choose the email account (if you have more than one) containing the sent messages you want to retrieve.

  3. 3

    Click on the folder for sent mail. This folder may have different names, so refer to your manual for the correct name.

  4. 4

    Choose the email you want to retrieve. You will then be able to review it, forward it to another recipient or print it.

Tips and warnings

  • Consider printing e-mails that you consider important, so that you have a paper backup in case of a technical failure.
  • In most cases, it is impossible to take back an e-mail that has been sent, so be certain you want to send it and that the correct recipients are in the "To" field before pressing "Send."

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