How to find hidden emails on a computer

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How to find hidden emails on a computer
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Finding hidden e-mails on a computer is a fairly easy to do. Microsoft Windows operating system comes with a built-in capability of searching files throughout your computer. You can use this capability to find e-mails as well, but you need to remember the sender’s name, e-mail address or any keyword from the email. Hidden files can be viewed by simply changing some settings on Windows.

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  1. 1

    Click on “Start” menu and select “My Computer.”

  2. 2

    Click on “Tools” from the main menu and select “Folder Options.”

  3. 3

    Go to the “View” tab and look for “Show Hidden Files, Folders and Drives” under “Advanced Settings.”

  4. 4

    Click on the radio button next to it to select it and click “OK” button.

  5. 5

    Click on “Edit” from the main menu and select “Find.” You can also do that by pressing “Ctrl” + “F” on the keyboard. This will launch the built-in “Find” utility.

  6. 6

    Type what you’re looking for in the “Find” text box. You can type the person’s name, e-mail address or a keyword that you remember from the subject or body of the email.

  7. 7

    Click the “Find” button. Wait for the computer to find all e-mail files from your computer that match the search that you have performed. You will get to search all your hidden mail files as well.

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