How to Recover Deleted Items from Microsoft Outlook 2003 and 2007

If you accidently deleted items like Emails, contacts, calendar, tasks, etc from your mailbox using Outlook, you can recover them as they are first transferred to the Deleted Items folder of that mailbox. But even if you delete them from the Deleted Items folder you can still recover them. This feature is enabled by default in Outlook 2007 but if you are using 2003 then you’ll have to modify your system registry.

Enabling recovery of deleted items in Outlook 2003:

1. Start Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe).

2. Locate and click the following key in the registry:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Exchange\Client\Options

3. On the Edit menu, click Add Value, and then add the following registry value:
Value name: DumpsterAlwaysOn
Data type: DWORD
Value data: 1

4. Close the Registry Editor.

Now when you start Microsoft Outlook 2003 you’ll be able to see a new option- Recover Deleted Items in the tools menu.

recover deleted items in Outlook 2003 and 2007

Recovering deleted items in Outlook 2007:

1. In the folder from where you deleted the item, or in the Deleted Items folder, click 2. Recover Deleted Items on the Tools menu. Click an item and then click Recover Selected Items

NOTE: If an item doesn’t appear in the Recover Deleted Items dialog box then you can’t recover it.

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Discussion

23 comments for “How to Recover Deleted Items from Microsoft Outlook 2003 and 2007”

  • Dave

    I did the did regedit but it did not work. ( I’m using the junk OS Vista) But I found a work around. Drag the deleted Calendar item over to the calendar and it restored the series.

  • http://www.groovypost.com MrGroove

    I just wrote a detailed step-by-step on the very subject as well as explaining a few other items. Hope this helps a few of the readers: http://www.groovypost.com/howto/microsoft/outlook/recover-deleted-email-in-microsoft-outlook-from-any-folder/

  • http://www.groovypost.com MrGroove

    Originally Posted By DaveI did the did regedit but it did not work. ( I’m using the junk OS Vista) But I found a work around. Drag the deleted Calendar item over to the calendar and it restored the series.

    A bit confused what you did here. Did you drag the Calendar item OUT of the deleted items folder or the dumpster bin? or?

  • http://bla DavidS

    This only works if you are using Outlook with an Exchange Server. This will not work for POP3 accounts etc.

  • Indar Schabra

    I have accidentally removed all my contacts from Outlook while synching with HTC Mogul. Help!I have Outlook2007 but I do not see “Recover Deleted Items” under Tools.

  • http://www.jewelguardian.com Rick

    Help, I deleted a contact group for my newsletter and can’t seem to find any way to get it back. Outlook 2007.

  • Matta

    I have accidentally removed all my contacts from Outlook while synching with i-mate jasjam.
    Help!I have Outlook2007 but I do not see “Recover Deleted Items” under Tools.

  • Deborah Evelyn

    You have to have Exchange Server to enable this feature. Most of us reading email at home do not.

  • http://www.DentistryExpert.com Harold Nemetz

    NOTE~!:Outlook 2007 with NO EXCHANGE SERVER does no have default feture under TOOLS for RECOVER DELETED ITEMS

  • http://www.DentistryExpert.com Harold Nemetz

    oulook 2007 does not have default feature under Tools for Recover Deleted Items

  • Beverly

    I am not on an Exchange Server. I have POP3. Are there ANY options for retrieving accidentally deleted Outlook emails?

  • Geert

    I have a problem with the deleted items. The are standing in the recover deleted items. But when i recover them they go strate back to the folder “recover deleted items” whats the problem ??

  • calling all toasters

    Doesn’t work for distribution lists. Sure, if you drag it back from “deleted items” it will now LOOK like it’s a distribution list, but try and send an email…. You’ll find that it doesn’t send, just sits grayed out in the Outbox. No error message, because other emails are sending normally. You could go crazy and spend many hours trying to figure out the problem, unless you remember “ah, that’s the one I undeleted. It must have come back from the Phantom Zone as a Bizarro distribution list.” Then you can delete it again, create a new one, and retype or re-select all the members. All this for having hit “delete” to delete a single member. Est. repair time: 30 minutes (if you immediately get that undelete doesn’t really work) to 12 hours.
    Microsoft 1, the rest of us 0.

  • Fran_90
  • jj

    i recently deleted a calendar. I then retrieved the calender (amongst) other calenders, using the Regedit / DumpsterAlwaysOn method. I then wanted to remove all the unwanted calendars and Outlook removed all the calendars including the one I needed. I tried to redo the “Dumpster” method, tried it in a few ways, but nothing seems to work. Also, the “Dumpster” method does not add a “Recover Deleted Items” bar to the Tools bar as it is supposed to. Any ideas to help recover my calendar AGAIN. I’m desperate. I’m using Outlook 2003. thnx

  • Corey

    THANKS!!

  • http://www.bizzntech.com Joel

    You’re welcome mate

  • Race04jsc

    have done the registry but still no option of “recover deleted itme” is found in the tools..
    Can you help?

  • Paul

    I need urgent help in recovering a video i deleted from my deleted file. Micro outlook 2007
    PLEEEEASE

  • Pgillman

    How do I get exchange server

  • Seaglynn

    I found my accidently deleted distribution list in deleted files–then clicked and dragged it to Contacts but instead of restoring the dis. list, it was simply added to the “TO” line of a new e-mail–not expanded but collapsed.  What gives and how do I get it restored in Contacts

  • Seaglynn

    I found my dis. list I’d deleted in error in the deleted file.  Then clicked and drug it to Contacts.  Instead of restoring it in Contacts–the collapsed list appeared in the “TO” line of a new e-mail.  Why?  How  now can I get it restored in Contacts?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002308522351 Bookmarking Souman

    I personally suggest you this application,it worked like a charm for me and recovered everything i lost :

    http://smartsoftwares.blogspot.no/2013/09/outlook-email-recovery.html

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