Outlook find lost folder in folder hierarchy

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How to find a lost folder in Outlook

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

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.

Outlook find lost folder in folder hierarchy : Advanced find window, Any type of Outlook item
Advanced find window, Any type of Outlook item

Outlook find what folder an email is in

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

Outlook find lost folder in folder hierarchy : Advanced find, search in folder properties
Advanced find, search in folder properties

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.

Outlook find lost folder in folder hierarchy : Add criteria to search list
Add criteria to search 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.

Outlook find lost folder in folder hierarchy : Add criteria if forgotten
Add criteria if forgotten

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

Outlook find lost folder in folder hierarchy : Results of search in folder name
Results of search in folder name

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

Outlook find lost folder in folder hierarchy : Open email from folder search
Open email from folder search

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… .

Outlook find lost folder in folder hierarchy : Access folder browsing from email's advanced find
Access folder browsing from email's advanced find

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

Outlook find lost folder in folder hierarchy : Folder hierarchy view
Folder hierarchy view

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

Outlook find lost folder in folder hierarchy : Folder and its content found in main window
Folder and its content found in main window

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.

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  • Outlook find lost folder in folder hierarchy : Add criteria to search list Add criteria to search list
  • Outlook find lost folder in folder hierarchy : Add criteria if forgotten Add criteria if forgotten
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  • Outlook find lost folder in folder hierarchy : Open email from folder search Open email from folder search
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  • Outlook find lost folder in folder hierarchy : Folder hierarchy view Folder hierarchy view
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Comments (24)

Rita Davidson, 2018-08-19
Aimez lire votre contenu, continuez à poster
Robyn Nash, 2018-08-19
太棒了,這正是我想要的,現在我已經準備好了
Jackie Wilkerson, 2018-08-19
謝謝,這是有幫助的
Kendra Martinez, 2018-08-19
Deci așa facem noi, minunat să știm
Philip Hill, 2018-08-19
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
William Green, 2018-08-19
No puedo creer que finalmente encontré la solución, esta fue una pesadilla durante mucho tiempo, ahora resuelta
parketeny, 2018-08-19
はい、それは私が必要なものです
pepiejavaS, 2018-08-19
Salom, sizning maqolangizni ko'rdim va bu mening muammomni hal qilishga yordam berdi, ko'p rahmat
torzone7, 2018-08-19
ਮੈਂ ਇਸਦਾ ਹੁਣੇ ਕੋਸ਼ਿਸ਼ ਕਰਾਂਗਾ, ਸ਼ੇਅਰ ਕਰਨ ਲਈ ਧੰਨਵਾਦ
ea2dotN, 2018-08-19
כן, זה מה שהייתי צריכה
ybierling, 2018-11-05
Merci pour votre retour d'information
Mlemonn, 2018-11-05
Top, merci beaucoup pour la perte de temps évitée
ybierling, 2018-11-05
Merci pour votre retour
Fabienne, 2018-11-05
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
ybierling, 2018-11-05
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
Riccardo, 2018-11-05
Excellent, merci
Martin, 2018-11-05
Merci beaucoup pour cette procédure. Facile et efficace.
ybierling, 2018-11-05
Merci pour votre retour
Tom, 2018-11-05
fonctionne parfaitement ! merci beaucoup
ybierling, 2018-11-05
Merci pour votre retour. Les miniatures ne pointaient effectivement pas vers les images, maintenant corrigé.
Chiara, 2018-11-05
Merci ! Très utile
Metz, 2018-11-05
Merci je cherchais depuis longtemps ! C'est un manque assez incroyable... Des images en meilleures définitions m'auraient aidé...
ybierling, 2018-11-05
Avec plaisir
marcG, 2018-11-12
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