Friday 2 November 2007

Outlook 2007 - Deleted Search Folder - Unread Mail

When clicking and moving the mouse way too fast ... I accidentally deleted the Unread Mail folder out of the "Favorite Folders" list in Outlook 2007. It was deleted out of the Search Folders list too.

It did not appear in the Deleted Items folder.

It did not appear in the Recover Deleted Items.

On to search the Web: Microsoft KB 831402: How to troubleshoot Search Folders in Outlook 2007 and in Outlook 2003. In the second bullet:

  • If you have accidentally deleted a Search Folder, manually re-create it. You cannot restore deleted Search Folders from the Deleted Items folder in Outlook 2007 and in Outlook 2003. Additionally, Search Folders are not recoverable. This means that you cannot recover deleted Search Folders with the Recover Deleted Items feature.
Ah, right click on the Search Folders item in Outlook and we get the following:

New Search Folder

We are given a wide variety of variables that we can create at-a-glance queries for. Scroll down to the bottom of the available list and we can create a Custom Search Folder. The search queries can be anything from the person who wrote the item, the size of the item, a date range that items were written in, and a lot more.

This little goof up has reaped a neat little bonus. We now know that we can create any type of query when we want to have an at-a-glance list of items in Outlook.

Philip Elder
Microsoft Small Business Specialists

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Anonymous said...

Hey Thanks! I just did the same thing as the original poster, and your answer was not only right on the money, but also helpful for future reference! Thanks so much!

Philip Elder Cluster MVP said...


You are very welcome.

Glad we could help out.


Anonymous said...

Thanks a million. Had been searching everywhere for this.

Anonymous said...

Thanks sir, and now how do I move this Unread Mail folder to favorite folder. because it was there before i delete it accidently. And also nice for me that its overthere, easy to see if I have filtered or rss email.

Anonymous said...

Can this unread folder recall the email filter that we setup before?
or do we need to make a new filter, i.e. unwanted rss mail.

Philip Elder Cluster MVP said...

A 2:44AM,

Once you have recreated the folder, right click on it and "Add to Favorite Folders". It will then show up in your list above.

A 2:52AM,

If you had any previous customized filters, you will need to recreate them just as you needed to for the Unread Mail folder.

Thanks for the comments folks!


Sasikiran said...


Unknown said...

Thanks a lot!!

Unknown said...

Great Fix if "outlook.exe /resetfolders" does not work. A lot better than reinstalling outlook. Thank you much...