How to Retrieve Sent Email in Outlook

by Alyssa Guzman ; Updated September 28, 2017

Many email users reference their sent email to validate the transmission of messages, to copy and paste text to a new message and to forward sent email to recipients not included on the original distribution. The Microsoft Outlook Sent Items folder stores the messages a user sends, including information about the message recipient and when the user sent the email. You can retrieve your sent email following the steps described below.

Go to your Microsoft Outlook mailbox. Check to see if the title bar located at the top left area of the Outlook application window reads "Inbox - Microsoft Outlook."

Go to the "All Mail Folders" section of the Navigation Pane located at the left side of the Outlook application window. Look for the "Sent Items" folder and icon--because Outlook lists mail folders alphabetically by default, the Sent Items folder is usually toward the end of the folder list. Click on the "Sent Items" folder.

Look for the sent email message you wish to retrieve. Outlook sorts your sent messages from most recent to oldest by default. Click on the "To" or "Subject" headers if you want to search for a sent email by recipient or subject.

Click to select the email you wish to retrieve. Press your left mouse button two times quickly (double-click) to retrieve the email. If you selected multiple emails, press your right mouse button and select the "Open Items" option from the pick-list.

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Alyssa Guzman has written online content for eHow and Answerbag since 2010. She is a "journalist of all trades" and writes on many subjects including travel and leisure, animal health, informaton technology, business etiquette and exotic flowering plants. Guzman was a communications studies major at the Florida State University.

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