Outlook find folder of email in few easy steps



How to find a lost folder in Outlook?

Using the search tab advanced options, it is possible to find emails by content, sender, calendar appointments and meetings‌ or even Outlook contacts, and see in which folder of the hierarchy they are located, using the Outlook advanced find tools.

See below a detailed guide to find folder Outlook email is in with a few easy to follow steps.

Outlook find folder email is in

It is too easy to move by mistake a folder from the folder hierarchy in Outlook without noticing - and quite difficult to find it back.

However, it is possible to find it back, and even to see where it is located in the hierarchy - by going in Advanced find, looking for emails in that folder, opening one of the emails, and looking for its position in the hierarchy.

Start by opening the Advanced Find tool, with shortcut CTRL + SHIFT + F.

Advanced find tool: CTRL+SHIFT+F

Outlook find what folder an email is in

There, in Look field, select Any type of Outlook item.

Go to tab Advanced, and select the option under Field => All Note fields => In Folder.

Enter under Value the name or partial name of the folder you are looking for, and click Add to List.

If you haven't clicked on Add to List, when clicking Find Now, Outlook will propose you to add your criteria to the list, click Yes.

After clicking on Find Now, you'll see the list of emails located in folders with similar names to your search.

Double click on one of the mails you had stored in the folder you're looking for to open it.

How to look for a folder in Outlook?

Once in the mail, open a new Advanced Find window with CTRL + SHIFT + F, the new search tool will already be setup to search in the mail's folder.


Click Browse… .

And bingo ! You can here see the hierarchy under which the folder is located.

Go back to your Outlook window, navigate in the folders tree to your folder, and you're done.

Outlook find folder by name

It is not possible to search directly for a folder by its name. However, if you are able to remember any detail about an email stored in that folder, such as recipient name, sender email, text detail for example, it is possible to look for that email, and see in which folder it is, and where the folder is in the folder hierarchy, using the Outlook advanced find options.

How do I retrieve a lost folder in Outlook?

There is no way to search for a folder by its name, in case you accidentally moved a folder for example. If the folder doesn’t contain any email, then the only way to find the folder is to browser the folder hierarchy. However, if you can remember some text of one email located in that folder, you can find folder Outlook email is in as follows.

In Outlook program, use the search box in the top right section of the window. There, make sure that all Outlook items is activated in the drop-down menu.

Put the search string, for example a part of a message included in that folder, in the search field to find folder in Outlook.

Perform the search, and by using the “by folder” option of the search results, you will be able to find folder Outlook email is in by having a look at the folder names to locate folder you are looking for.

Accidentally moved a folder and cannot find it – MSOutlook.info

Webmail Outlook find folder of email

In the Microsoft Outlook‌ 360 web app, it is a little different to find the folder of an email, as the advanced search isn’t available.

To find folder of email in Outlook web app, use the search box to find an email that is contained in that folder with part of text it contains. Then, in the result lists, the folder name will be displayed next to the email excerpt. Click on the folder name to then run a search in that folder.



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Comments (29)

 2018-08-19  Rita Davidson
Aimez lire votre contenu, continuez à poster
 2018-08-19  Robyn Nash
太棒了,這正是我想要的,現在我已經準備好了
 2018-08-19  Jackie Wilkerson
謝謝,這是有幫助的
 2018-08-19  Kendra Martinez
Deci așa facem noi, minunat să știm
 2018-08-19  Philip Hill
您好,我看到了您的文章,它幫助我解決了我的問題,非常感謝
 2018-08-19  William Green
No puedo creer que finalmente encontré la solución, esta fue una pesadilla durante mucho tiempo, ahora resuelta
 2018-08-19  parketeny
はい、それは私が必要なものです
 2018-08-19  pepiejavaS
Salom, sizning maqolangizni ko'rdim va bu mening muammomni hal qilishga yordam berdi, ko'p rahmat
 2018-08-19  torzone7
ਮੈਂ ਇਸਦਾ ਹੁਣੇ ਕੋਸ਼ਿਸ਼ ਕਰਾਂਗਾ, ਸ਼ੇਅਰ ਕਰਨ ਲਈ ਧੰਨਵਾਦ
 2018-08-19  ea2dotN
כן, זה מה שהייתי צריכה
 2018-11-05  ybierling
Merci pour votre retour d'information
 2018-11-05  Mlemonn
Top, merci beaucoup pour la perte de temps évitée
 2018-11-05  ybierling
Merci pour votre retour
 2018-11-05  Fabienne
J'ai bien suivi les instructions, c'est plutot intéressant. Mon dossier se trouve dans un dossier qui s'appelle "journal". Malheureusement je ne le vois pas dans mon arborescence
 2018-11-05  ybierling
Bonjour, serait-il possible que vous n'ayez pas sélectionné la bonne boite mail (en cliquent sur "Browse...") ? De plus, si le dossier est vide / ou que son contenu a été archivé. la recherche ne semble effectivement pas fonctionner... Cordialement
 2018-11-05  Riccardo
Excellent, merci
 2018-11-05  Martin
Merci beaucoup pour cette procédure. Facile et efficace.
 2018-11-05  ybierling
Merci pour votre retour
fonctionne parfaitement ! merci beaucoup
 2018-11-05  ybierling
Merci pour votre retour. Les miniatures ne pointaient effectivement pas vers les images, maintenant corrigé.
 2018-11-05  Chiara
Merci ! Très utile
Merci je cherchais depuis longtemps ! C'est un manque assez incroyable... Des images en meilleures définitions m'auraient aidé...
 2018-11-05  ybierling
Avec plaisir
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 2018-12-19  drag8300
bonjour et merci pour cette méthode . Par contre elle ne fonctionne pas si le dossier n'est pas dans le fichier de donnée principal (par défaut pour la réception). - dans le cas ou il est dans un autre fichier de donnée, si on sélectionne ce dossier et si on fait CTRL maj F on a bien celui-ci sélectionné dans le champ "dans" mais dès qu'on positionne le champ "rechercher" à "tout type d'element outlook" le champ "dans" est forcé au dossier principal et le recherche ne fonctionne pas.
 2018-12-19  drag8300
désolé le message est limité et je n'ai pas pu terminé. j'espère que j'ai été clair . avez vous vu ce problème et avez vous une solution? je ne souhaite pas trop changer mon dossier de réception à chaque fois qu'on fait une recherche... merci et bonne journée.
 2019-03-18  Viviane
Merci beaucoup. Votre conseil est efficace et utile, mieux que sur le forum Microsoft.
 2019-03-18  Jordi Ferran Cases
Muchas gracias por el método. Me ha permitido ahorrar mucoh tiempo buscando una carpeta perdida. Gracias por compartirlo
 2019-08-23  Manuel
Absolutamente genial. Bravo!

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