How to Restore an Outlook Drafts Folder

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How to Restore an Outlook Drafts Folder
Restore your Outlook folders with a few clicks. (computer image by blaine stiger from

Microsoft Outlook is an e-mail system that comes with the Microsoft Office package. Unlike web-based e-mail systems, such as Gmail or Hotmail, Microsoft Outlook stores its files on your computer. These files include folder information, a list of programmed contacts and e-mails sent and received. Restoring specific Outlook folders is a simple task, since you just have to locate the appropriate folders on your computer.

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  1. 1

    Open your Outlook account. Locate the "File" button on the horizontal menu panel, located in the upper left corner of the Outlook window.

  2. 2

    Select the "Import and Export" option in the File menu. A pop-up window will open.

  3. 3

    Look for the "Import from another program or file" button and click it. Click "Next" to continue the restoring folder process.

  4. 4

    Select the .pst file option, which means Personal Folder File. Click "Next" to continue.

  5. 5

    Click "Browse" to locate the Drafts folder. The folders will be stored where the Outlook files are located, which is usually on the C-drive, unless you have manually stored them elsewhere. The location is the location you chose when you were installing Outlook.

  6. 6

    Select the Drafts folder and click "OK." Check off the "Replace duplicates with items imported" to make sure the files in the folder are not duplicated in your e-mail account.

  7. 7

    Click "Next" and "Finish" to complete the restoration process.

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