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How to Restore an Outlook Drafts Folder

Updated March 23, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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About the Author

Based in Toronto, Mary Jane has been writing for online magazines and databases since 2002. Her articles have appeared on the Simon & Schuster website and she received an editor's choice award in 2009. She holds a Master of Arts in psychology of language use from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

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