How to Retrieve a Sent Email on Hotmail

Updated March 23, 2017

Hotmail is a free Internet-based e-mail service. With it, you can check your e-mail from anyplace with a working computer and Internet connection. Hotmail is an MSN application, owned by Microsoft. You can send an e-mail through Hotmail in just a few seconds, but once you send the email, you may need to retrieve it later for several reasons. The recipient may have accidentally deleted the mail or you may need to refer back to the message so you can send follow-up mail.

Go to your Hotmail account and sign in.

Click the "Outbox" or "Sent Mail" link.

Look in the folder to find the mail you want to retrieve.

Click on the specific message to retrieve the mail. If you want to save the message, click "Save to Draft."


To make sure your sent message gets saved to your sent mail folder, make sure that when you send an e-mail you always check the box that says, "Copy Message to Sent Folder."

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Based in Haddonfield, N.J., Liz Jacobs has been writing professionally since 2003. She started out writing for her school newspaper and since then has been published in "Philadelphia Magazine" and Progressive Business Publications. She also is an online content writer for various websites. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Cornell University.