How to search all emails include the deleted items in Outlook?

By default, the deleted items won’t be included while searching in Outlook. If you have deleted an email and finally remembered that there is something in the email you need for reference or for other usage, and you just need to search out this email without getting into the Deleted Items folder manually, what would you do? Actually Outlook provides you with a feature of automatically searching all folders include emails in the Deleted Items folder in each data file. Please do as the following tutorial shows.

Search all emails include the deleted items in Outlook 2010 and 2013

Search all emails include the deleted items in Outlook 2007

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arrow blue right bubbleSearch all emails include the deleted items in Outlook 2010 and 2013

In Outlook 2010 and 2013, you can do as follows to search all emails include the deleted items.

1. Please click File > Options.

2. In the Outlook Options dialog box, please click Search in the left bar, and then go to the Results section, select the All folders option, and check the Include messages from the Deleted items folder in each data file when searching in All Items box. See screenshot:

3. Click the OK button in the Outlook Options dialog box.

Now, when you search emails in an Outlook account, the Deleted Items folder will be included automatically.


arrow blue right bubbleSearch all emails include the deleted items in Outlook 2007

In Outlook 2007, you can do as follows.

1. Please click Tools > Options. See screenshot:

2. In the Options dialog, click the Search options button under Preferences tab.

3. In the Search Options dialog box, please check the Include messages from the Deleted Items folder in each data file when searching in All Items box, then select the All folders option. And finally click the OK button. See screenshot:

4. When it returns to the Options dialog box, please click the OK button to finish the whole settings.


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    Aftab · 3 months ago
    Only after a few searches i realised that deleted items wer not being included in search results. This needs to be more explicit and also +1 to why would this feature be off in the first place

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    David · 8 months ago
    Why would Outlook think that I would not want to search deleted items folder? To not include deleted items by default seem absurd. I am the only person who has accidentally deleted an email.
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    Juan · 1 years ago
    How to do this in Outlook 365 web interface?
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    Daniel1 · 2 years ago
    Sorry, it didnt worked. Had to visit http://outlooksupport.4team.biz/5-star-outlook-support.aspx - they fixed the issue in couple of minutes for me without me playing with all these settings and putting my hairs off.. Cannot tell what they did as they did it so fast I was not able to cach up!
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    Shripad Lale · 3 years ago
    Just what I needed! Thank you!
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    Joe Lyon · 5 years ago
    :-) Hope this solves my problem and thank you.
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    jimmy · 5 years ago
    All emails for 2014 and 2015 sent mail and delete mails and files