How to Recover an Email Draft

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How to Recover an Email Draft
Unsent e-mails are saved in a "Saved Drafts" folder. (e-mail image by Hao Wang from

You typed an e-mail, saved it but can't find it to send it. Microsoft Outlook, Gmail and Hotmail all have a "Saved Drafts" folder that automatically saves your e-mail as you type it. The frequency in which it is saved varies from e-mail service. This is especially helpful if your Internet fails in the middle of typing or if there is a power outage. This feature saves you from having to start over again.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Sign into your e-mail account. You may have to enter your user name and password to view your messages.

  2. 2

    Double-click on the "Saved Drafts" or "Drafts" folder. This is typically on the left side of the screen. This is the default folder used to store unsent e-mails.

  3. 3

    Double-click on the email draft you want to recover and . It is listed under e-mail recipients and subject line.

  4. 4

    Finish typing the email and press "Send" when you are ready to send it.

Tips and warnings

  • Not all e-mails are sent in the "Drafts" folder. If the email draft you're looking for isn't stored in this folder, you may not be able to recover it.

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