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How to Restore a Removed Outlook Email Account

by Bennett Gavrish

Running regular backups of your computer's internal hard drive protects you against accidentally deleting data or settings. In the Microsoft Outlook application, for example, you might inadvertently remove one of your email accounts from your list. When this happens, you can locate a previous version of your Outlook account settings and import it from an external hard drive or other backup device.

Step 1

Launch the Microsoft Outlook application on the PC.

Step 2

Open the "File" menu at the top of the window and choose "Import and Export."

Step 3

Select the "Import from another program or file" option and hit "Next."

Step 4

Choose "Personal Folder File (.pst)" from the list of file types and hit "Next" again.

Step 5

Click on the "Browse" button and navigate to the location of your Outlook backup data.

Step 6

Highlight the previous version of your Outlook PST file and hit "Open."

Press the "Next" and "Finish" buttons to restore the missing data to your Outlook profile.

Items you will need

  • PC running Windows XP or later
  • Microsoft Outlook 2003 or later

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