Posted by: Niko | March 17, 2007

How to recover deleted items in Microsoft Outlook/Exchange

Note that this feature works only when you are using Exchange Server email account.

If you have permanently deleted items in outlook with shift-delete you can still recover them before they are fully send to the bit-heaven. Items remains in the Exchange server until the retention time for deleted items have elapsed.  Retention time policy is configured in the Exchange server.

By a little registry tweak you can enable “Recover Deleted Items” command for any Outlook/Exchange folder. You can view and recover deleted items including the permanently deleted.

1. Exit Outlook

2. Open registry editor

3. Browse to \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Exchange\Client\Options

4.  Create new DWORD name it as DumpsterAlwaysOn and set it value to 1

5. Exit registry editor and restart Outlook.

Now you have the Recover Deleted Items… command in the Outlook’s tools menu.

Recover Deleted Items…

P.S. I tried to recover items when Outlook was not connected to the Exchange and it totally crashed.

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