How to Recover Sent Email

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How to Recover Sent Email
Keep track of your sent e-mails. (e-mail @ image by Witold Krasowski from Fotolia.com)

E-mail providers understand that sometimes it can be difficult to find old e-mails, especially if they were sent months or even years before. To make it easy for you to recover sent e-mails, e-mail providers such as Hotmail, Yahoo! and Google provide e-mail search engines and filters to find sent e-mails. As long as you can sign into your e-mail account, you can access these features. If you can't locate an important e-mail that you sent, don't worry, there are two easy-to-use options that should deliver successful results.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Computer
  • Internet access
  • E-mail account

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Instructions

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    Find the "Search Mail" tab, which is only accessible from your e-mail page. Sign in to your e-mail account using your user name and password. For Gmail accounts, the tab is located at the top-left side of the email page. For Yahoo! accounts, the tab is located at the far left-hand side of the email page, directly beneath the "Check Mail" tab. For MSN accounts, the tab is located at the top-right side of the email page. The phrase "Search Your Email" may also be used.

  2. 2

    Enter a phrase, subject line, recipient name, e-mail address or key word that can be used to identify the sent e-mail. Type the information into the search box.

  3. 3

    Click "Go," "Enter" or click on the search mirror icon. The system will search file folders, saved e-mails, sent e-mails and e-mails that are currently marked for deletion in your Trash folder.

  4. 4

    Browse the results. Multiple e-mails may be tagged if the keyword you use is very common. Narrow your search if there are too many results to browse.

  1. 1

    Click on the "Settings" link on your e-mail page. Log-in to your e-mail account to access your e-mail page.

  2. 2

    Set up a filter for sent e-mails. Choose to save a copy of each sent message in the Sent folder by checking the appropriate box.

  3. 3

    Click "Save Changes" to save the changes and return to your Inbox. Once this feature is in place, you can recover future sent e-mails by clicking on the "Sent" folder and browsing sent e-mails there.

  4. 4

    Browse sent e-mails by date, subject line or recipient.

  5. 5

    Click on the sent e-mail you wish to recover. Wait for the email message to load. Forward or print, if necessary.

Tips and warnings

  • You can recover any sent e-mail that is saved in a folder.
  • If you've deleted all copies of an e-mail, you cannot recover it.
  • A file that is in your "Trash" folder is marked for deletion; however, until you or the system deletes the sent e-mail, it is still recoverable.

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